October 13 Devoted to Prayer

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:13–23

Key Verse: Luke 5:16

He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Even with all of the crowds pressing around Him, with continual requests and a desire just to be with Him, Jesus sought time alone with His Father. Jesus made clear what He believed is the most important part of fellowship with God. In spite of the demands on His energy, He made communing with God His priority.

Is prayer the first thing on your list for the day? The last? Somewhere in between? Read what the apostle Paul said to the believers in the church at Colosse: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2 nasb).

The word devote here doesn’t convey the complete meaning of the original Greek, which was “giving constant attention to” or “persevering.” We are to make the conscious decision to set aside time to talk to the Father and to listen to Him as He works in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and His Word.

It is tremendously helpful to set a specific time to pray. Make an “appointment” with the Lord, and write it down on your list for the day. If you keep in mind that you are making arrangements for a special encounter with God, you will treat this meeting accordingly.

You can combat the clamor of the day to find victory and joy in prayer, and a vital part of doing so is finding freedom from avoidable distractions.

Ask God to show you how rich your relationship with Him can be.

Father God, I make a conscious decision today to set aside time to talk with You. Set me free from avoidable distractions. Show me how rich our relationship can be.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 300). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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