This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather.
July 25th: The Simple Life?
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Prayer does something special to us. It changes our focus from ourselves to God. It helps us see his will a bit better and it changes how we love and act. Prayer is such a special gift. Paul isn't shy about how he wants the Colossian Christians to pray, he says"And pray for us too."
He knows it's powerful. He understood that prayer provides spiritual sustenance. He knew that in the face of temptation prayer orients us to follow Jesus.
Our modern lives are filled to overflowing with distractions. And this can get in the way of the "Mystery of Christ" if we let it.
In preparation for this devotional, I (Carlee) googled how many books a person could read per year if they gave up scrolling on their phone. The answer was 200-300. Imagine if we spent that time in God's word, or in prayer, or simply resting in Him.
Take some time to reflect on this.
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