Verse of the Day Colossians 4:2

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Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving, – Colossians 4:2

Colossians 4:2

Spiritual Thought

This is again a reminder of how prayers should be carried out. Just as Paul wrote to the Philippians in his letter to them, teaching them to accompany prayers in times of uncertainty, with the ingredient of thanksgiving, he says this to the Colossians as well. And this is for our instruction today as well.

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The Psalmist says, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name. Psalms 100:4-5. This is the prescribed system for coming to God’s presence.

God always seeks us to appreciate what he has already done for us. We could also thank him for what we ask, not by some blind tradition, but through our faith. If faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, then it means with faith there is already an assurance.

This assurance is then what spurs our thanksgiving, knowing that we are thanking him for what we pray for because we are sure we have received it. The instruction is therefore to watch and pray, but assisted by the power of thanking God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

As we approach Your holy presence, we do so with hearts filled with gratitude, guided by the wisdom of Your Word. In the spirit of the teachings from Paul to the Philippians and the Colossians, we bring not only our petitions but also our thanksgiving to You, acknowledging the countless blessings You have already bestowed upon us.

Lord, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise, as the Psalmist instructed in Psalms 100:4-5.

We give thanks to You and bless Your holy name, celebrating Your faithfulness and Your unfailing love. In every circumstance, whether of abundance or need, we offer thanks, trusting that You are at work in our lives.

As we present our requests to You, we do so with the assurance that comes from faith—the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. This faith encourages us to thank You in advance for answering our prayers, confident in Your sovereign power and loving provision.

Teach us to watch and pray continually, our spirits uplifted by the power of gratitude. May this attitude of thanksgiving not only enhance our prayers but also deepen our relationship with You, as we recognize and rejoice in Your goodness every day.

In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray, Amen.

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