Never Give up Praying
Category : General
Colossians 4:2 (KJV)
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving
This was the apostle’s general advice to all; that is, do not neglect it; observe it at all stated times; maintain the spirit of prayer, and embrace all proper occasions to engage in it. Because without this, neither wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, nor masters, could fulfill the duties which God, in their respective stations, required of them.
The word rendered “continue” means to apply with ardor and assiduity to any difficult and laborious thing until you shall have brought it to the wished-for end, and obtained the victory. All might, power, and life come from God; his creatures are continually dependent upon him for all these: to earnest, persevering prayer, he has promised every supply; but he who prays not has no promise. How few wives feel it their duty to pray to God to give them grace to behave as wives! How few husbands pray for the grace suited to their situation, that they may be able to fulfill its duties!
Praying properly in order to be a good witness for the Lord Jesus Christ is dependent on having the motivations and following the instructions Paul has given in Chapter 3. As Paul began that chapter, he pointed out that every true Christian has been raised up with Christ and therefore there should be certain changes in that person’s life. This includes having a mind set on the things above to seek them instead of the things of this earth. The importance of what is eternal replaces what is temporal. The manner of life is changed as sinful habits and attitudes are set aside and put to death and replaced by new habits and attitudes that are righteous and holy. Love for God and others replaces the sinful selfishness that resulted in all manners of hatred toward and exploitation of others.
Have a great and God filled day!