January 15, 2020
Today's devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 1:4-9: “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This morning when I read Paul's introductory prayer for the church at Corinth, I'm impressed with the apostle's concern for the believers' wellbeing. He knows Jesus will sustain them through whatever trials they face, even as they stand firm in the faith, waiting eagerly for His revelation, abiding in fellowship.
We can learn from Paul’s writings. It's difficult at times to have a focused prayer. Life offers so many distractions. What seems critical and urgent is often all but forgotten in a few short hours. Perhaps the thing to remember when it comes to prayer is to just "pray without ceasing," as Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17—to keep our prayers constant, frequently speaking with God regardless of where we're at and what we're doing. He knows we are weak and often focused on our own needs first, but He tells us to pray at all times anyway. Simply put God wants to hear from us! That's the kind of God we have; that's the kind of God who loves us.
Please join me in praying the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, may our prayers be pleasing to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.