Be diligent in prayer, watchful at all times, with constant thanksgiving.
Christ is the beginning and the end. He is the source of life, the cornerstone that holds the building, (the body of Christ) together. Paul spoke about the importance of the Word in Col.3:16. He then spoke about the importance of Prayer in Col.4:2. The Word of God and Prayer cannot be separated.
Prayer times are to be contended for because there is so much in the natural and the spiritual that opposes it. The body can also become weak and sluggish and we must be conscious of it. The Epistles are full of exhortations to pray. Luke gave an example of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1. We are not to get tired of praying. We must be persistent like the Widow. We must have faith, God answers prayers.
The natural mind has an undisciplined approach to prayer. One of the distinguishing signs of the new birth in a believer, is their prayer life. We must ask the Spirit to help us pray, (Eph 6:18) at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests. Keeping our minds alert, we must be diligent in praying for the Lord’s people; the nations we live in and the whole world.
A praying Church is a watchful Church.
The Church must be watchful and sound the alarm bells for a world that sleeps. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1Thess. 5:2). Thieves break in when they are least expected. The Church expectantly waiting for the Lord’s return will be on Red Alert. It stays awake and keeps the whole Body awake! Without vigilance, the Church will sleep. Tiredness is no respected of persons. Jesus found His disciples asleep at Gethsemane. These were His words to them:
“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”
Therefore we are to “watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)
Being thankful for answered and unanswered prayers.
We must not forget to thank God during our prayer time. Giving of thanks for what we have already received should be part and parcel of our daily life. Do we remember to thank Him for His attributes? He is Saviour, He is most merciful, He is the compassionate One. His justice and faithfulness are without end. Being thankful is taking time to appreciate Him for who He is.
Also, we must not forget to thank Him, by faith, for things we haven’t seen. Thanking God, for both answered and unanswered prayer, is what Paul encourages us to do, at all times. 1Thes 5:18 says, we should give thanks in all circumstances.
Be encouraged today. Persevere in the place of prayer. Do not get discouraged when your prayers are not answered immediately. Trust in God’s Word: now pray without ceasing!
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3
“And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!” Mark 13:33
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12)
“Pray continually.” (1 Thess 5:17)
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)
“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.” (Rev 3:2)