COLOSSIANS‬ ‭4:2-4‬ ‭‬‬

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.”

Colossians‬ ‭4:2-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul notes that the church is to devote themselves to prayer. Another way of stating this is that the church is to be disciplined in its prayer. It is to have practice and form. Unfortunately, the church has removed itself from this truth. Instead prayer is often turned into a gloried gossip fest, or grocery list rather than the time of heartfelt communion that it is to be. Often prayer has been used to be a place where one empties their woes before God. In practice, prayer should be a place where one brings praises to God about their woes. They should not leave emptied but instead filled. They should walk away from a time of prayer with acute clarity and sobriety that mirrors the discourse between significant others about meaningful things. Sadly many will never experience this type of sobriety from a time of prayer because they never understood that it was the intended blessing to cultivate. Ultimately, prayer should be meaningful dialogue with the God of the universe. If we could have that experience at our fingertips at this very moment, it would seem that reading him a grocery list of things you might need would seem trite and wasteful. We are called to cultivate that dialogue into a stronger sense of his personality, imprint and intent on his creation, not waste it with complaining or emptying ourselves.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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