Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Attention

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God's mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. Ephesians 6:18-19

We are to give attention to God at all times, and in all situations. In short, that is what prayer is. Without a heart and mind aware of its dependence upon the Spirit to guide it, it is impossible to walk and live in the Spirit. Without the Spirit's help we randomly react to the events that make up our lives. Between the lines, a question hovers, "How dependent upon the Spirit of God are we?" The answer,  "Completely."

Paul couldn't imagine explaining his new life--that definitely demanded and explanation--without the Spirit of God giving him bold and clear and concise words to define the mystery of all mysteries. Without the Spirit's help it could never be conveyed as Good News.

"Pray for me, and pray for each other." Paul pleads. Ask humbly by praying persistently; a paradoxical request, until we come to grips with our absolute dependence on God.

Stay alert, and give attention to God at all times.  

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