Sunday, January 25, 2009

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

The Living Bible emphasizes a different aspect of this verse: "Don't be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for God's answers and be thankful when they come." The Christian life is dependent upon constant communication. Just as Jesus was in continual and constant touch with His heavenly Father, I need to maintain a constant "open line" to heaven. And there's more involved than continually "asking"--I'm to be careful and consistent in thanksgiving as well. That means listening as well as talking--resting as well as walking. Once I've learned to turn my weariness over to the Great Burden-bearer, I should be more effective in both talking and walking.

Taken from the book: "Today, Lord, I Will"

My thoughts:

As I read today's devotion I thought to myself, "this is pretty basic stuff. Every Christian knows this simple principle...pray without ceasing." But then, I realized that I've been trying so hard to listen that I've stopped speaking. So the two must go hand in order to listen, one must pray and in order to pray one must listen.

I've been asking the Lord lately to release me from my ministry (selfish, I know), but in light of current events I don't think He will. I've always believed that some people are given a ministry for life while others are given them for a season. Mine I'm beginning to believe is for life.

So my prayer for today is:
Lord, please give me the strength and desire to continue in what You have set before me. Help me to do it with love and compassion, but above all help me to lay down my will before Your throne and desire Your will and not my own.


ellen b. said...

Our sermon was on prayer today and we are having a Conejo Valley Prayer get together tonight with 20 pastors/churches in the valley participating. Praying with you that the Lord will give you the strength and perseverance you need...

Cori G. said...

Wow Ellen B. Sounds like something all churches should be doing. What a blessing tonight will be. Thanks for your prayers.

grey like snuffie said...

agreeing with you....AMEN and AMEN

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Cori; I so love to read your posts, you never fail to lift me up and give me so much to think about. I thank You for that. I will be praying for you also.


Just A Gal... said...

finding your blog and you sharing what you share has lifted me so. We never know how and if we have touched others lives, but I want you to know you have mine, hope grows in those things. I need and needed hope when I found your blog, Gods timing is so good !

Just A Gal...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Mother Teresa once said: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much"

Everyone gets tired some times, Cori, but God knows what is best for all of us.

Hugs, Pat