Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2 (MSG)
Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.
“Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” -AMPLIFIED
In Paul’s final words to the Colossians he advocates the need to devoting oneself to prayer. He also encourages them to be diligently looking for the answers to those very same prayers expectantly with an attitude of gratitude and words of thanks.
To be devoted to something is to be: steadfast, strong, persistent, or attentive. It conveys the idea that one should keep at it until and answer comes through. The Living Bible brings it out in this way; “Don’t be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for God’s answers, and remember to be thankful when they come.”
Make prayer a habit. Prayer is our Lifeline between this Earth and Heaven; making connection into the very presence of God Almighty. Prayer is so important and such a necessity that we find example of it throughout Scripture. In fact, Jesus, Himself, took time to get alone and pray often; that is how important it is to have in our lives.
Paul reminds the Philippians of the need to pray more and worry less in life. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” -Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
Pray steadfastly and be watchful, with eyes wide open looking for God’s answers. It may not come exactly as we are expecting, but God will always answer. Hence why it is important to not dictate what we expect God to do for us, but to place our requests at the feet of the Father and have the attitude of Christ, “…yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Be watchful also for the fact that our Enemy is on the hunt, looking for ways to cause us to stumble and fall. Peter tells us, “Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]” -1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMP)
Paul tells us to have an attitude of thanksgiving; be watchful and thankful. Or as the Message tells us to do have our eyes wide open in gratitude. Once again we are instructed to have an attitude of gratitude. Spurgeon makes not of something; “See how he (Paul) keeps putting that in—“Be ye thankful”—“with thanksgiving.” Why, that is the oil that makes the machinery go around without its causing obstruction. May we have much of that thanksgiving.”
The question we may consider asking ourselves is have we been diligent in our prayers? Have we been watching expectantly; looking for God’s answer? Are we always living in an attitude of thanks, even if things do not turn out exactly as we were expecting? Something that we need to remember is, God knows us even better than we know ourselves. He knows what we need and when we need it. Trust Him; He will work all things out for His glory!
Lord, help me to be steadfast and diligent in my prayer life. I do not want to be one who gives up easily. Help me to trust that you are working all things out for good; no matter what things may appear to be. Give me eyes wide open, expectantly looking for your answers, eyes focused in on the opportunities you are sending my way. Most of all I desire to have a thankful heart in every situation. Lord, you are my Lifeline; thank you for always being available. I am so grateful for your ever faithfulness. You are always exactly what I need in every situation. I will keep my focus on you, Lord.