“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2).”
Sunday morning I presented what was an admittedly a difficult challenge. Some might say impossible or unreasonable.
I challenged us to maintain a journal of the week’s activities in fifteen-minute increments. One-hour increments may have been more doable, but it would not have fulfilled the purpose.
The reason for the challenge was to evaluate just how devoted we are to prayer.
Prayer is better done moment-by-moment, turning to God with our praise and concerns as life happens. Sure, we could set aside a block of time to pray at the start or conclusion of each day. But is that what Paul had in mind?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul challenges us to “pray continuously.” We won’t fulfill that directive with a single block of time set aside for prayer. We will if prayer is ongoing and engrained in our daily living.
While I seriously doubt that anyone embraced Sunday’s challenge (I have not kept a journal of my own time), I do hope that we are reflecting over our devotion to weaving a continuous conversation with God through all of our daily activities.
Just as we breathe continuously, we can pray without ceasing.