Colossians 4: 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
This verse caught my attention today. The apostle Paul is giving instruction to the believers in Colossia and speaks here of prayer. To devote ourselves to prayer is to make it a high priority. In this way, prayer isn’t something to be done if we have time. It’s something to be done before anything else.
My wife Jana has pointed out to me recently that we’ve not been consistent in our prayers together. And she’s right. Though we pray together most days, it really needs to be EVERY day. It doesn’t take long for me to realize we have a great deal to pray about – good and bad. I’ll bet you do too.
A second thing that struck me from this verse is the idea we should “keep alert in (prayer) with thanksgiving”. Thanksgiving is the cousin of contentment and peace. When we give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives, it places our focus on things that are right rather than things that are wrong. And let’s face it, for many of us, our minds may tend to go first to life’s deficiencies rather than blessings.
So this morning I am committing to you and to God that I will devote myself to prayer today – with thanksgiving.
Lord, let it be so. Amen.