Every Christian knows that prayer is essential to the life of a disciple, yet most struggle with making time. Jesus often prayed in a remote place after spending the day doing ministry. This shows us that it is a challenge, even for the best. Paul encourages the Colossians to develop a habit of prayer. He knew as a young church, that would serve them best. We could grow a lot from heeding Paul’s advice.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”
Two Crucial Tips
Paul tells the Colossians about two crucial aspects of prayer when going through difficult times. The first tip he gives them is to devote themselves to prayer. Devotion means to be committed and consistent. When you are devoted to prayer, you remain alert to what the enemy is doing. The Holy Spirit gives you discernment and makes you aware of what is coming. The second tip Paul gives is to keep an attitude of thanksgiving. The danger with prayer when you are in the midst of a crisis is to focus on the needs and strength to get through and forget to give thanks for what God has done for you in the midst. I always try to start my prayer with thanksgiving.
Developing a habit of prayer starts with finding a time of day and place where you can develop your “Prayer closet.” Jesus told his disciples when they prayed; they were to get alone. Some people can pray in the midst of the chaos. Susanne Wesley had eleven kids and would pull her apron over her head, and the kids knew she was praying. For the rest of us, we need to find a private place and get alone with Jesus. That will help with our concentration.
Develop a Habit of Prayer
The benefits of developing a devoted time of prayer are innumerable. Most important would be drawing closer to Jesus. You are always safer and better off the closer you are to Him. As you grow in this discipline, you will find your heart and mind drawn to prayer when the need arises. You see a car accident and your first reaction is to pray for those involved. Make an effort to devote yourself to prayer.