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.

15 thoughts on “Alertness

      1. Doing pretty good, thanks! I was in a lot of pain last week, but the Lord took it away for now. It’s a daily battle I fight by God’s grace. I am definitely tired and sometimes it wears me down, but He always lifts me up and gives me strength. 🙂 I’ve been praying for you! 🙂

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      2. I’m glad to hear that you are feeling some better, Ryan, but it sounds like you’re not out of the woods quite yet. I will continue to pray. Do you normally get these flareups regularly? And are there any foods that give you any relief?

        Thank you so much for your prayers – I appreciate you, my friend. 🙏🏾

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      3. Thanks for the prayers! The pain comes from damage that I have in my small intestine due to Celiac. That damage caused a separate condition called Cachexia where I can’t gain weight properly. I will go up to about 140 to at the most 143 and then I go through episodes where I lose weight again and go down to around 135 or lower on really bad days. I am 6’1″ tall, so it is super skinny and I deal with blood sugar issues as well. I go through the Cachexia episodes every few weeks. Some days are better than others. All my food is under control now and nothing I eat bothers me. It’s just the damage to my body. The doctors say this is the way it will be for the rest of my life, but I know nothing is impossible for God and He can heal me if He wants to. 🙂

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      4. Thank you for taking the time to explain this to me I wasn’t aware of the cyclical nature of the Cachexia condition. That sounds extremely uncomfortable. 🤭Thank you for telling this to me, so I know how to pray more specifically for you during this time. Truly, it sounds like a God-sized miracle is needed here. 😥

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