This is what Google has to say about the word “devote”.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
How do you define prayer? Do you picture folded knees hands meeting, head bowed? Maybe prayer for you is a whispered request, barely audible or a guttural cry in a moment of intense pain and loss.
Prayer can be all of those things, but it is also so much more. The idea of being devoted to prayer gives us a picture of an always action. We can’t always be on our knees, and where as life is hard and requests abundant we aren’t always in the act of crying out or laying plain our desires.
No, I think this idea of being devoted is a constant conversation with our Best Friend, Savior, Maker and Lord. I love spending time with the friends closest to my heart even if we are only sitting, or grocery shopping, or drinking tea, I like having them with me. There, to share thoughts with. To have close.
Here is the promise behind the command “be devoted to prayer”. God is always with us. Our closest friend, strongest ally, never leaving, never forsaking. We can be devoted to prayer because the one we are having the conversation with is our truest companion.
Let’s let prayer take on a new definition today. The one of walking, talking and sharing life with the one who’s plans for you are bigger than the ones you have for yourself.
1. What has been your definition of prayer? Will you ask God to expand your idea of prayer and meet you in your day to day?
2. How has prayer changed your attitude in the past? Will you pray about sharing that with someone today?