The Upper Room 6 February 2024 Devotional: Sticky-Note Prayers
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for February 6th, 2024 Message written by Mary Hunt Webb (New Mexico, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I honor God with my praise, prayers, and thankfulness each day.
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.
Families struggling to communicate