My Connection Group, which meets on Wednesday evenings, just finished doing a study on the book of Colossians. In chapter 4, the author, Paul, challenges us to “Devote yourselves to prayer.” It got me thinking about my own prayer life. How “devoted” am I? Which made me think, “What things in life do I know that I am devoted to?” Once I made that list, I could then compare how I pray to these and assess my level of devotion. So, what am I devoted to? The quick list is easy to form: my wife, my kids, my job. And then there are the other obvious things that we all do with devotion – hygiene, eating, sleeping. And from there are the other individualized things we devote ourselves to. For me it would be things like softball games, watching “The Biggest Loser” when it’s in season, etc. Essentially, our devotion is measured by our loyalty. The things we do consistently are the things we are devoted to.
So where does that leave me (us) and prayer? If most of us are honest, we would rate our “prayer life” very low on a scale of 1 – 10. There isn’t much consistency. In fact, prayer is a foreign concept we understand little of and see very little benefit from. When we think of prayer we usually think of memorized prayers or phrases we’ve been trained to say, and we see little value in using thing.
So where does that leave us? It would seem that devotion to prayer would be highly unlikely. Does this have to be the case? I don’t think so. Prayer is much less complex than we tend to make it out to be, and is not so much about memorized formulas as it is about learning to simply talk with a God who is more than ready to listen and respond.
This Sunday at The Bridge, Pastor Tim is going to lead us into the Living Room of our hearts where we learn the simplicity of prayer. I hope you will come with an open heart to what God wants to reveal to you about how you can learn to make prayer as natural as breathing and an added area of devotion in your life.