Pray As You Go
Pray As You Go
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
It is interesting how often Paul exhorts his readers to continually pray or pray without ceasing. He obviously didn’t view prayer primarily as a scheduled religious activity. It seems to be something he expected believers to do as a continual practice. Why would he think otherwise?
Paul painstakingly proclaimed the gospel lifestyle as one of fellowship with the Living Lord through the Spirit. Because Jesus, the one mediator between man and God, has reconciled the man to God, life with God is an ongoing conversation. There never needs to be a break, even though there will be times set aside for uninterrupted conversation about certain issues. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we can work all day in partnership with him, and in the cool of the day we can rest and refresh with him. The words he uses to encourage prayer are significant.
“Steadfastly” refers to the persistent and confident nature of our conversation. Even though the battle to actually believe that he desires to communicate with us must be fought, down deep we know he does. After all, he has gone to a lot of work to make our relationship possible. Yet there are distractions as other voices vie for our attention, and there is the subtle suggestion lingering in our mind that we are not qualified to pray. So, there must be the choice to persist.
“Watchful” refers to alertness. We are to keep our eyes open (not necessarily literally) to see what is happening. We might see what is really happening behind the scenes that will direct our prayer, or we might see the answer being manifested. Be aware!
“Thankful” is always the attitude in which we pray. Thankful for the privilege. Thankful for his faithfulness. Thankful for the promised answer when he hears. Thankful that he will interpret our prayer and grant it as it best suits us and his plan for us.
For people who want to live with God, prayer is normal. It is the evidence that God has created and redeemed us to partner with him in bringing his kingdom to earth as it is in heaven.