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Addicted to Prayer

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4

We’ve all heard the following phrase associated to athletes, musicians, professionals and the straight A student,  “wow they are so devoted.”

So what is it that separates those who are devoted and those who are not?  What is key differentiating factor?

When I think of devotion I can’t help but think about Olympians.

What is it that causes you and me to get glued to the TV and watch these competitions? In many cases its watching a particular event that we’ve not only never tried nor will try. So if its not our prior history of the sport; then what is it?

I believe that at its core it’s really the sense of admiration and awe we get when see these athletes who have spent the countless hours year after year ‘devoted’ to perfecting their sport in order to compete at the highest caliber level. Its just really inspiring!! One would even argue that these athletes are addicted to their sport.

So how does this relate to our devotion towards prayer?

Well from the example I shared we can certainly agree that inconsistency or one time spur of the moment events in our lives wouldn’t qualify us as being devoted to that particular task. But rather one that can be characterized by a set pattern that goes beyond mere discipline but a true love for what one is doing (i.e. being addicted)

So lets ask ourselves:

  • Is prayer a distinct pattern of who we are and our mode of living?
  • Are we someone who consistently falls on his/her knees in humility towards the Lord?
  • Or is it mainly based on circumstances (i.e. when we are in need, in trouble, face a health issue etc.)?

Both scriptures above show us that it is the Lords will that prayer become a vivid pattern in our lives as we  imitate the pattern of Jesus’ life.  Let’s be addicted to prayer!

What do you do to stay devoted to prayer? Share below.

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