Praying With Mind And Heart
18 June 2009
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2 NLT)
Just a few days ago, on June 14, in my daily Ready, Set, Go Bible Reading Plan I read these words about prayer from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Philippi: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)
Paul wrote much about prayer. He wrote about his own prayer pattern and habits, he challenged Christ-followers to pray, and he asked people to pray for him.
Today I read Paul’s admonition to:
Devote ourselves to prayer. That means to take it seriously and invest serious time and effort in prayer.
Pray with an alert mind and thankful heart. That means to bring some well-thought out intentionality into my praying. I thought about some ways I know to bring thought and purpose into daily praying:
• I can ask God to direct my thoughts to the things he most wants me to pray about.
• I can thank God for current blessings and past answered prayer.
• I can make a list of the things I need to pray about (and keep the list current).
• I can pray using a Prayer Journal in which I write a prayer, note the date and other details about the prayer need, and then go back and record the answer God gives.
• I can use the ACTS+I plan from the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-12):
o A – Adoration
o C – Confession
o T – Thanksgiving
o S – Supplication
o I – Intercession
In any case, I must bring my alert and intentional mind into the prayer process and soak it all in an attitude of gratitude for all God’s blessings.
Father, I purpose to bring an alert mind and thankful heart to you every time I pray. Please guide me to a life of fervent and effective prayer. Amen.