Devotion, Not Distraction
August 29, 2008
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an
attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
I am glad that Paul admonished us to “keep alert” in
prayer … because I need that admonition all too often. I
get distracted. I get tired. I get bored.
I have found certain aides to keeping alert in prayer:
my prayers out so that I am forced to focus on the words.
the Scriptures as an outline for my prayers so that I pray more
comprehensively for a situation. For instance, I have used I
Corinthians 13 while praying for a troubled marriage, praying
through each aspect of love that is mentioned there.
written prayers written by other people, such as those found
in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.
- Spending time in worship
to focus on God and who he is, and letting the words of the songs
become my prayer.
- Scheduling time to pray when I am energized
and at my best, rather than when I am tired.
- What is your main barrier to effective prayer?
Do you get distracted? Tired? Bored? Busy?
- What has helped you in the
past to keep alert in prayer?
- What new steps could you take in