Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2)


One of the things that the Bible calls us to do repeatedly is to pray. Paul, in the above verse, tells the Colossians to “continue steadfastly” in it.

The word “steadfast” carries with it the idea of standing firm or being resolute. This means that we are to continue to seek the Lord in prayer no matter what’s going on in our lives or in the world around us. We should be crying out to Him with whatever we may need or want, no matter how big or small. 

But beyond just being in prayer, Paul gives us something else - that we should be “watchful in it with thanksgiving.” When we pray, we should be praying with expectation that God will hear and answer. And not only will He answer, but He will answer in a way that is best for us. 

Is this how you pray? Do you steadfastly seek the Lord, watching for His answer with thankfulness for what He will do? Often we either persist in prayerlessness, or simply pray as a formality without believing in the power of God to accomplish His will. 

If either of those conditions have root in your heart, take aim at them with the grace of Christ today. Seek Him in prayer, knowing that He will answer for your good. 

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