2014-05-08 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Praying Like Paul And Harold
From The Upper Room
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Read Colossians 1:9-14

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

- Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Harold, who was a member of our small group, loved God and was passionate about serving. He was an older man with godly wisdom and was much respected and appreciated by our group.

When we prayed together and for each other I noticed a difference between Harold’s prayers and my own. My prayers often sounded like a shopping list of requests. Harold’s prayers were more like the prayers of Paul and others that are found in the Bible. Paul and Harold prayed for spiritual blessings for others. They prayed for things that really got to the core of people’s needs, so that those they prayed for would grow and develop Christlike characters.

I now use the Bible more when I pray for others and myself. The teachings about prayer in scripture are helpful and encouraging — like Paul’s words in the first chapter of Colossians. My prayer life has been deepened as I have used the Bible to shape my prayers. I often find that God directs me to the right verse to help me pray for some specific need.

I will be forever grateful to Harold for teaching me this powerful way to add strength and purpose to my prayers.

Ann Stewart

(South Australia, Australia)

Thought for the Day: God’s word gives guidance and purpose as we pray.

Prayer: Thank you, dear Father, for the power of your word. Continue to show us how to use it as we pray. Amen.

Prayer Focus: The person who taught me to pray

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