The Upper Room 6th February 2024 Devotional Message
The Upper Room 6th February 2024 Devotional, Tuesday Message byMary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA)
TOPIC: Sticky-Note Prayers
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. – Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
After my husband and I married, we had conflicting schedules. I was working on my bachelor’s degree, and he often worked evening shifts as a meteorologist. I came home one afternoon to find a note taped to the fireplace. We began communicating via these short notes when our schedules didn’t line up. We stuck them on the bathroom mirror, the door to the garage, in the kitchen, and in other places where they were sure to attract attention. My son didn’t understand our history with the notes and disliked them, but my husband and I knew they were love notes with the intent of maintaining communication.
Like those notes, our prayers don’t have to be long-winded. Short prayers throughout the day strengthen our relationship with God. The apostle Paul tells us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, [and] give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16-18, NRSVUE). This means not just praising God for the things we are happy about, but also for things that might not give us joy. Rejoicing, praising, praying, and thanking God are all ways we can include God in our day, and I believe it is a wonderful way to honor God.
Dear Lord, thank you for hearing even our shortest prayers. Help us remember that nothing is too trivial to pray about. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I honor God with my praise, prayers, and thankfulness each day.
Families struggling to communicate
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