This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
Today, I am reflecting on how our prayers have evolved.
In this series, we’re focusing on our before and after. Imagine you’re watching HGTV and you see the before and after images of a house that has been remodeled. The same can be true for our spiritual growth.
For example, I can remember the days when my prayers were very “me” centered. I would get on my knees and would sometimes even pull out a writing pad to put my prayer requests in writing just in case God missed my verbal request.
I was so absorbed in my own needs when I prayed this way. I spoke my prayer requests as if I was rattling off my Christmas wish list. The tone of these prayers was always “me, me, me.”
While Scriptures such as Mark 11:24 teach us, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you,” they also teach us that we should continually mature in our spiritual walk.
Therefore, I have since learned the importance of kneeling before God and worshiping who He is before I engage in any type of request. I’ve also learned to pray for things beyond my immediate needs and the needs of my family and friends. Finally, I’ve learned to give thanks before asking.
What is the before and after picture of your prayer life? Can you see how it has evolved over the years? As you think about that, reflect on these words: “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.
So today, don’t let your prayers be too “me” centered.
Joyce Whitfield Burton
Thanks, I struggle with today’s inspiration often. Your words are comforting and aspirational!