Overflow Devotional Day 14

Day 14: January 22, 2023

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
The simplest definition of being single-minded is setting your thoughts and focus predominately on one single thing, to the detriment of other important things in your life. Getting a specific project done within an allotted time requires a level of intense focus. But have you ever noticed how easily you can slip into single mindedness? Consider this simple example of how your brain can work. When you’re in the market for a new automobile, and you have a specific model in mind, do you ever notice just how many of that model you see on the road? You never noticed so many before. And isn’t it amazing that when you have a certain color in mind for your next automobile, just how many of that same color and model you now see. The mind can easily lock into single mindedness.

Take our current twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. By the way, already two weeks in and only one more to go. You’re going to finish strong. We are dedicating ourselves to prayer- asking, believing, and seeking. But today’s verse admonishes us to guard against single-minded praying. Be sure to not only ask and seek, but give the Lord your gratitude. Giving thanks for all that you know Him to be. Give Him thanks today for all you know He has done, and for what He will do in, for, and through you. Our prayer emphasis is a call to enter into and spend time with the Lord. The Psalmist, who knew the presence of the Lord well, would tell us to “enter into His presence with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 100:4). Be sure to broaden your praying to include thanksgiving.
What are three things about the Lord that you are grateful for today?
Lord, I am overwhelmed by your goodness to me. You have blessed me in so many more ways than I even know. I thank you today for the life you’ve given me to live today, and the life eternal I possess in Christ. Thank you for your protection over me and my loved ones. And thank you for your gracious provision and care for me. Amen.
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