Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 20, 2015

September 20, 2015 “Singular Devotion To Excellence”

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day dear Friends in Christ!

Two years ago this past May, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting in the arena of Iowa State University and watching as my youngest son Lucas received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from that outstanding institution. Years of dedication and devotion to his academic pursuits led to that wonderful day. As I looked around that arena and the hundreds of other parents also sharing that sense of genuine pride in the accomplishments of their sons and daughters, my eyes caught sight of an array of banners honoring gold medal Olympians who were Iowa State graduates. There was one name I recognized…Dan Gable. Dan Gable is a living legend in the sport of wrestling. In the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Gable not only won the gold medal by defeating every opponent…he did so without having so much as a single point scored against him by the greatest wrestlers from around the world! Throughout his wrestling career from high school through college, he lost but one match…that being his last college bout for the national championship in his weight class. Gable went on to coach wrestling at the University of Iowa where the teams he coached won eleven national championships. Gable achieved such astounding success because of his devotion to excellence. In this passage of scripture from Acts 2, we learn that the early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Imagine the spiritual power we could unleash in our lives were we to approach these Christian disciplines with the same sort of devotion Dan Gable brought with him to the wrestling mats! In Acts, the example set by those first followers of Christ encourages us to a lifetime of devoted prayer…devotion teamed with watchfulnessthat is, expectation in the ability and the willingness of God to answer those fervent prayers, and thankfulnesssincere gratitude for all God has done and will do in transforming our hearts, minds, and lives as we grow in all spiritual maturity. Half-hearted prayer is not what we are to be about. My son graduated from Iowa State because he devoted himself to the work before him.Dan Gable succeeded in wrestling because of his singular devotion to excellence. As Christians, our spiritual lives will become dynamic as we devote ourselves to our walk with Christ with watchfulness and thankfulness. Let’s pray!

Almighty Lord; Transform our prayer life from the mundane to the magnificent as we devote ourselves to daily, specific, intentional prayer with watchfulness and thankfulness.Encourage and instruct us as we walk with you each day. Fill our hearts with the joy of the Lord that overflows into a wellspring of powerful prayer and devotion. This we ask in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen

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