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I am sitting down to prepare a devotional for the Thanksgiving season. I have to admit my attitude isn’t very godly. I have even cleaned the bathroom to procrastinate. However, my attitude of whining today, is exactly what the Holy Spirit has been telling me not to have through what I am going to write about. Leave it to God to teach us teachers first and to use our lives as “what not to do”.
About 2 weeks ago I typed into our Bible program the word “thanksgiving” and many verses came up. One verse in particular has been in my thoughts for those weeks. It is Colossians 4:2:
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving… NASB®
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… NIV®
I have been prayerfully thinking, what does God want me (and you) to understand and do concerning thanksgiving and prayer from this verse? The rest of this article I will answer this question.
Let’s first talk about the phrase, “Devote yourselves to prayer”. Since we all need to devote ourselves to prayer, we need to understand what the word devote means from the standpoint of the Greek language. Zodhiates (in his Complete Word Study New Testament) says, devote means to continue with someone (Acts 8:13) or cling faithfully to someone (Acts 10:7). It is used metaphorically of being committed and faithful in the Christian life especially in prayer. (Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4 also Romans 12:12) Did you notice the word devote has a strong relational aspect to it?
Wuest (in his Word Studies in the Greek New Testament of Colosians) says, devote means to give constant attention to something, to give unremitting care to a thing, to persevere, and to be in constant readiness for. Christians were to continually devote themselves to what God wanted and to what others needed. They were also to give constant attention to and readiness for prayer, as well as to persevere in prayer.
to continue go to Prayer and thanksgiving go together like a turkey and Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, the cat and the rattlesnake
I did the unthinkable on Saturday night, I left the garage door open, and as I said in another From Gini’s Heart, “At certain times during the year, the rattlesnakes are very active.” Well, one did mosey in and was going to stay the winter in our garage. It found a cozy spot amongst our junk. The snake enjoyed his cozy home for about a day, than Sunday night, we could say, all hell broke loose for the snake and us.
Our cat who likes to hunt around the garage at night, I guess because it makes her feel like a big-game hunter with the bugs and all. And she was doing just that, when I felt this urge (The Holy Spirit’s leading for sure!) to go get the cat even though she had just been in our garage for about 10 minutes. I opened the door and called her. As she was walking over to me from the same direction the snake was, I heard this loud rattling sound. My first thought was, “the water heater is certainly having a fit, then it hit me like a ton of bricks - we have a rattlesnake in the garage”. To make a long story short, my husband pulled the cars out and found where the snake was coiled. He called the fire department and off it went to a new winter home. (Hopefully, not in someone else’s garage!)
As the fireman was leaving, he said, “That is a big snake, he could have easily bitten your cat”. A chill ran through me! Then I knew God had warned me of the danger to our cat (as well as us). I still don’t know why the snake was so alarmed and the cat wasn’t, because it just makes sense the snake was rattling its tail off because the cat had been snooping around it. I can’t explain how the cat wasn’t bit, except that God in His infinite love protected the cat. Was it a miracle? I wish I knew, but I do know that this woman is mighty thankful to our God, who watched over a small gutsy cat that means a lot to us but no one else.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts (temple) with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name. Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing. Psalm 100:4 & 107:22 NASB®
Because of His protection and love, Gini I am thankful for all of you!
PS I know some of you have read this and are thinking God didn’t protect my ____. Well, 7 years ago God didn’t protect our other cat and it was killed by a coyote. So why does God allow some things to end in a positive way, and others not? Read my two devotions on - Why God allows suffering and Where is God when I hurt… to hear my thoughts on this.