2021.01.15 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, January 15, 2021 comes to us from Edward Mitchell, Jr. of Florida
Matthew 26:36-41 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
James 5:16 (NIV) The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective
“Watch and Pray”
At the beach one Saturday, I was doing some fishing while watching the sun rise. The brilliant colors seemed to pop out. This awesome sight caused me to pause to thank God for another day in this beautiful creation – to enjoy the waves, the breeze, the birds, and the fish I was expecting to catch. As I finished giving thanks for the many blessings of the morning, a fishing buddy showed up and we spent time talking about prayer. He admitted that he found it hard to find time for consistent prayer because of his busy schedule. He asked me how I found the time.
I explained that a long time ago I discovered an easy method after reading Jesus’ instruction to the disciples to watch and pray. I decided that every time I looked at my watch to see what time it was, the time was right for me to pray. I made it a habit to pray for whatever was on my mind or what was going on at that time. Soon I was praying at least 10 times a day. My buddy tried it and found that he had more time to pray than he had realized.
Other methods could be to pray during commercials while watching a TV program or on our morning commute. With some creativity and intention, we can always find time to pray.
— Edward Mitchell, Jr.
Prayer Focus: To Make Time to Pray
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to share our petitions with you anytime, anyplace, and for anything. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Every day I have unlimited opportunities to pray and give thanks.
Gracious and Always-Loving God, please hear our prayers of petition and thanksgiving for others; for ourselves; for those who have suffered from all illnesses, including COVID-19; for our nation; and for Your world.