Written by Julie Johnson
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Pray for us too, that God may open a door for a message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
Epaphras Who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:2-3, 12
Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul says we should "devote" ourselves to prayer and be "watchful" in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers. Faith shouldn't die if the answer comes slowly, for the delay may be God's way of working HIS will in our lives. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that HE knows are best.
The "mystery of Christ" is Christ's good news of salvation, the gospel. The whole focus of Paul's life was to tell others about Christ, explaining and preaching this wonderful mystery.
Epaphras was a hero of the Colossian church, one of the believers to help keep the church together despite growing troubles. His earnest prayer for the believers shows his deep love and concern for them.
Devote yourself in prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving. Pray that God will open up to us a door for the Word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ.
One thing is crystal clear, it is God's will that we pray to Him. Sometimes we struggle to know the will of God for our lives. There are some things that you do not have to struggle to know. One of them is that God's will is that you pray to Him, He commands it.
Pray to God your heart's desires or needs and, of course, what your heart needs most is God—to know Him, to trust Him, to love Him and obey Him. Remember to come to God with more than asking, we should come confessing sins and giving thanks and praise. In Colossians 4:2 it says, "devote yourselves to prayer with (or in) thanksgiving." Thanking God should always be part of what we do in prayer. Be sure to notice the main thing: Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God." That is the meaning of prayer. "With confession of sins" and "with thanks for and acknowledgment of His mercies." Express your desires but remember the essence of prayer is the expression of our dependence on God through request.
So pray often, pray regularly and take the steps to see that prayer is a part of your regular life the same way as eating and sleeping are.
Lord God please help us put the focus of prayer for our community outreach that you have BLESSED US WITH. Help us to feel those heart desires and put them into action. We pray for our leaders, our church, ourselves and each other. Help us to pray often, pray regulatory and take the steps to see that prayer is a part of our regular life the same way as eating and sleeping.
God help us keep your presence in our day through prayer, help us make a dramatic difference in our community. Lord God HELP US change OUR life now !!