Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
Do you wonder why Paul has to tell the church (us) to continue earnestly in prayer? Why do we have to be vigilant?
Jesus even had to explain that we always should pray and not give up because even an unjust judge will give into persistence. (Luke 18:1-8)
Firstly, all of the things requested of us in previous chapters (loving one another, submitting to authority, being just to one another, etc.) can only happen by a supernatural enabling by the Holy Spirit. That only comes by prayer. It’s very important that we rely on Him even to obey.
“…for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’” Acts 17:28
“ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Secondly, we need to be thankful. Thankfulness is a key part of our relationship with Christ and helps our perspective remain true.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
If we know in our minds that we need to rely upon Him, then why do we fail in practice? This is the vigilance that is lacking. We need to be aware.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
We are quick to give up. I believe it’s because we question our worthiness, waiver in our faith, and get discouraged.
Questioning the Right
It’s hard to be persistent if you question whether or not you have a right to your request. But we know that since the veil was torn top to bottom at the death on the cross, all men and women who accept Jesus have the right to be in the Holy of Holies. Continue reading