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The Benefit of Devotion in the Danger Zone

If there’s one time I pray without ceasing, it’s in the midst of gossip. And any situation that knocks me to my knees in prayer is good.

Daily Devotionals blogger Julia Attaway

Linda (not her real name) leaned forward conspiratorially over her coffee. “Hey, have you heard about Barbara?” she asked. My gossip alarm clamored wildly. I sent up an emergency prayer: Holy Spirit, guard my heart and guide my lips! It was going to be a full 90 minutes before Linda’s daughter and mine emerged from their ballet audition, and the time suddenly stretched out before me like an endless minefield.

If there’s one time I pray without ceasing, it’s in the midst of gossip. On the one hand, I don’t want to contribute to or condone negative talk; on the other I don’t want to become a victim of it. The only way I know of to navigate the danger is to pray before each and every time I open my mouth.  And I mean every time. Because one little slip-up and I end up in a state of regret, knowing I’ve let Jesus down.     

I hate situations where I have to be on high alert. Lately, though, I’ve realized that when I know I’m in a spiritual danger zone, I know my need of God. I turn to him constantly. This is good. In fact, any situation that knocks me to my knees in prayer is good. It may not feel good, and I may not like it, but the bottom line is that my relationship with my Lord grows deeper. And if that’s what it takes, then so be it.

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