I really like this verse, as it not only reminds us of the importance of prayer, but also highlights how we can go about it:
🔲 With devotion: So I looked up the meaning of this word in Strong’s Lexicon, and here is what I found: to persist, persevere in, continue steadfast in.
🔲 Keeping alert: In my opinion, Strong’s definition more accurately renders the meaning from the Greek, in my view: to keep awake (remaining watchful when you might otherwise be asleep).
🔲 An attitude of thanksgiving: Strong’s definition includes words like gratitude, as well as terms like actively, grateful language.
Prayer is then characterized by persistence, expectation, and grateful speech — all before our petitions have been answered by the Lord! 🙏🏾
Pray with me:
Dear Lord, thank You for this passage in Colossians 2. Please help me to always approach You with steadfastness, expectation, and grateful speech — even before I have placed my prayer burden in front of You (You already know what it is, anyway!). I then leave the matter with You, trusting that You will act in due season. In Your name I pray, amen.