For those who are joining us in our daily Bible reading plan as a church, today we finished reading through the book of Colossians. In this last section we are reminded to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (4:2). Other translations call us to ‘keeping alert’ in prayer with an attitude of thanksgiving.
What does it look like for us to devote ourselves to prayer in this way?
We all know that God desires to hear from us. He desires our worship; he desires for us to come to him with the concerns of our heart. We know that God wants us to pray, yet for so many (including myself some days) prayer can be difficult. I remember particularly when I had toddlers the difficulty of find a quiet moment to think, let alone pray. For a season, my favourite place to pray was in the bathroom. It wasn’t guaranteed peace with toddlers… but it was the most reliable!
Colossians encourages us that we are to stay alert, to desire to pray and continually seek to lay our requests before God with thankfulness. In this changing season at GWAC I want to encourage us to be a people devoted to prayer. Whether we pray in a quiet space every morning, or while we drive to work, or walking around our neighbourhoods, even in the bathroom, to be persistent in prayer. To be a people who pray regularly and keep alert to the things that might distract us or hinder us from presenting our requests to God.
Pray for our Archbishop and the Incumbency committee as they seek God’s person to lead us as a church. Pray for our envisioning process, that we might respond faithful to what God is calling us into over the next five years. Pray for our staff team and all that lead ministries, life groups and gospel communities. Pray for your neighbours. Pray for our world. Pray. Continue to pray. Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
Know that the staff team pray for you all each day. Please continue to send in your prayer requests through the GWAC app.