From My Heart to Your Heart,

October 2017

Published October 3, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Heartbeat of Southside

THE BLESSING OF PRAYER

In Colossians 4:2, the apostle Paul instructs us to “Devote yourselves to prayer.” If we’re honest with ourselves though, we often find it difficult to make time for conversation with the Lord – our schedule is usually packed, and fitting in “one more thing” seems impossible. But the truth is, we do have time to pray. Frequently, we give preference to friends, television, the internet, or other pursuits instead of communing with the Savior.

Suppose I asked you to describe your prayer life – what would you say? You may have already discovered what a blessing it is to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). But perhaps your tendency is simply to “check in” with the Lord before dinner, at bedtime, or on the drive to work. Maybe you reach out to Him only when you want something or need help.

If that’s the case, I want you to know one thing:  prayer can transform your life. Intimacy with God is vital to the Christian faith, but we cannot develop a close relationship without spending time with Him. To the extent that you devote yourself to give-and-take communication with the Lord, you will increasingly be transformed into His likeness.

Don’t wait until you’re desperate or discouraged to call out to God. Begin a conversation with Him today, and watch your faith abound!

STAY STRONG AND COURAGEOUS IN THE LORD TODAY