Unremitting Joy – 46

Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Acts 1:13b-14

Whenever we seek God’s, will, God’s way, we should devote ourselves to prayer.  We should be seeking God’s will and way all the time so we should be devoting ourselves to prayer all the time.  Prayer is a communion with God and through that communion we can better live the life that Jesus taught and rejoice in the promises he brought.  Promises not just for this life but for the life to come.  Devotion to prayer means more than a Sunday morning, more even than an hour set aside each morning, being devoted to prayer means surrounding ourselves with prayer day in day out, regardless of what we are doing, where we are, how we are feeling.  While pray might include asking, it should also included listening; while we might go to pray in times of trouble or distress, we should also go in times of joy and thanksgiving; while prayer might at sometimes come easily, we should still go to God in prayer even when we don’t know quite what to say or how to say it.  Our prayer life helps form who we are and how we live our faith, as Good Friday people weighed down with woe, or as Easter people filled with joy and hope.

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

Psalm 141:2

46 Prayer as Insence

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