Daily Easter Devotion Monday, April 29th

Monday, April 29, 2013 – Psalm 97; Jeremiah 32:1-15; Colossians 3:18-4:18 and Luke 7:36-50

Colossians 3:18-4:18 – 2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

What’s some of the things you do daily? I do my devotions every morning. I shower. I eat three meals a day and snack (which I shouldn’t do) in between. I strive to get in 30 minutes of exercise most days. What I’m not good at doing is building in time for prayer. I get busy doing everything else (O yes, I pray as I do my morning devotions) that I don’t build in time to pray and be silent before God.

I like how Paul encourages us to pray. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.” We’re to pray often, regularly. Prayer needs to be just as much a part of our day as all the other things we do regularly. Prayer is much like plugging ourselves into the source for our energy, imagination, intelligence and love. Without prayer we remain unplugged from the source of all good. With prayer we connect with God and allow God to truly connect with us.

Paul throws in something I hadn’t noticed before; “keep alert in it with thanksgiving.” I think this is keeping our focus on all that God has done for us through Jesus the Christ. Our attitude should be thankfulness because God did send his Son to live, to die and to be resurrected for us. Thankfulness should be a part of our lives regardless as to what is going on with us. When one is thankful, when thankfulness is a part of who we are, then we notice even more things to be thankful for. Thankfulness becomes an important part of who we are.

So, look at your daily schedule and carve out some time to be with God in prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. Today, find time to be with God in prayer.

O God, I get so busy living life that I don’t take time to be with you. Thanks for always being with me, may I build in times to simply be with you in prayer. Thanks for sending your Son, who died for all my sins, that I might be forgiven and given new life each and every day. Thanks for this day, and every day, that you have made and are making. May I rejoice and be glad throughout it. Amen.

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