Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2 ( NASB )
The writer admonishes us to first devote ourselves to prayer. Prayer is communion with God spending time with Him is where the believer develops a relationship with the Lord.
He then goes on to say keeping alert in it. If we aren’t careful we can get stuck in a cycle of repetition with prayer which in turn becomes religious. Keeping alert means to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit when we are praying he guides us in who and what to pray about.
Finally, he tells us to have an attitude of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is when we aknoweledge what God has already done for us. So often in prayer we are so focused on what we are believing God for that we forget to practice thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Let our prayers be a time of talking, listening and then thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the highest form of faith because we are thanking Him before our prayer is even answered.
Challenge: First take some time to get alone with God and pray not only for your needs but the needs of others. Second get quiet and listen God wants to talk to you. Finally, thank Him for what He has already done and what you are believing Him for.