by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray for us also. Pray that God would open a door for the word so we can preach the secret plan of Christ—which is why I’m in chains.” (Colossians 4:2-3)

Yesterday we looked at how the one thing…or main thing…in life is to love God and others. Even though we all are called to the same main thing, the way we live it out is unique for each and everyone of us. When we all live out our unique one thing, love truly makes the world go round.

The next couple days we are going to look at ways we can put our lives into action with love at the heart of how we live. Using Colossians 4:2-6 as a guide, the first call and challenge is to pray. God wants you to pray so you can get in line with His will and way. Prayer, both public and private, is critically important in growing closer to God and each other. If prayer is new to you, taking small steps can make a BIG DIFFERENCE. If you don’t have a regular prayer life, start one. Start simple. The most important thing is to begin. A basic way to frame a prayer is to praise God for who He is; confess your sins and shortcomings; thank God for His love and blessings in your life; and ask God for help in the areas of your life where you need it. This simple model can lead you into a deeper prayer life, but you need to pray. Pray for your friends, family, church, and role in the world.

Prayer is a great way to seek small steps that can make a BIG DIFFERENCE. Ask God to reveal to you the ways you can use your life to connect with Him and others to help change the world. And it will change the world, beginning with you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much, eternally even. I confess there are times when I get so focused on myself that I don’t take time to pray and open up my life to you. I ask for your forgiveness, and seek your help in taking some small steps to make a big difference in my life. I know this is possible with Jesus’ help, and I thank you for that. I pray this in His holy name. Amen.

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