Wednesday, July 29, 2009

W.o.G. Wednesday: Colossians 4:2 & James 5:16

{Quick side note: I usually use the NIV or NASB translation but am using the Living Translation today}

Colossians 4:2 and James 5:16

Colossians 4:2
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

James 5:16
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

{A picture of my grandparents from earlier this morning. His "sudden" change of appearance startled me and made his ailing health seem more real!}

My friend sent me those two verses after hearing of my grandpa's downturn in health.

I have to admit that my prayer life is largely pray-as-you-go time. It is not, unfortunately, something that I solely set aside time for on a daily basis.

I understand the value of it and I know the power of it. What gets in the way? ME and my LAZINESS. Oh what I don't give for a few extra minutes of sleep instead of time in the Word and Prayer.

These verses are meant to encourage me (and, maybe you!) to be more devoted to prayer, knowing that "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."

4 people think...:

Bella said...

Try listening to the Bible on Bible Gateway, online. That way, even if you aren't praying, you're still hearing the Word of God. They have lots of translations and you can just listen to them on your computer (I don't know if you can download them as podcasts or not.)

I usually bring my lap top into the kitchen so I can listen while I do dishes or cook.

Proverbs and Psalms are good places to start, in my opinion.

Felicia said...

Absolutely! On my trip I had a lot of time for reading and was able to almost finish up a great book by my favorite is fictional.. but the message is very real (Blessed Child by Ted Dekker).

It definitely reminds me of the power of prayer and just how much it tickles our heavenly father when we talk to him.

Julia said...

Great reminder. Thanks!

Jessica said...

I know where you are coming from. My granny was very sick for the last bit of her life and I was broken hearted as we were very close. Stay close to God and He will be close to you.

I think this is my first time to your blog, feel free to stop by and say hello at my blog as well...feel free to follow my blog as well.

Many blessings! :)