How can we be kept in a prayer life day by day? Col. 4:2 tells us, Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving. For us to persevere in prayer, we need to watch in it with thanksgiving.
We need to give thanks to the Lord all the time! In this thankless and godless generation today, we need to learn to thank the Lord for everything. If we don’t have a thanks-filled life, we cannot persevere in prayer but rather there will be other negative things taking over.
You cannot argue with your spouse when you thank the Lord, but when you don’t, it is so easy to do so. That’s why the Bible encourages us to be vigilant, on guard, on alert, for our prayer life.
As a result of having a prayer life with the Lord accompanied by thanksgiving, our speaking will be always with grace, seasoned with salt (Col. 4:5-6). When our speech lacks in grace, we need to realize we are short of prayer.
To help us in our prayer life, we also need to get companions, just as Daniel had his three companions and together they prayed.
Lord, thank You for today! Lord, thank You for giving us Your divine life. Thank You for mingling Yourself with our spirit. Lord, thank You so much for giving us a new heart to love You. Thank You for Your word, and thank You we can pray. Lord, make us thankful people. Recover our thankfulness, our giving thanks all day. Lord, thank You for all that You are to us!
Watching in Prayer With Thanksgiving
A lack of thanksgiving indicates a lack of prayer, and our constant prayer life is accompanied by thanksgiving. We are kept in a daily prayer life by watching with thanksgiving.
We need to be anxious in nothing, but in everything we should made our requests known to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6). As we see the end drawing near, we need to be sober-minded and watch unto prayer (1 Pet. 4:7) with much thanksgiving.
Don’t say, I don’t feel I have anything to thank God for! Rather, start thanking Him for the things He’s done for you, for your family and friends, for His life in you, and you will see: you cannot stop thanking Him!
If we continually offer thanks to the Lord, Satan will not be able to carry us away from our prayer life, but we will rather always rejoice, unceasingly pray, and in everything give thanks (1 Thes. 5:17-18).
The way for us to be saved from exchange of words, gossip, arguments, criticism, accusations, and any other “speaking not with grace” is by thanking the Lord continually.
The way to be kept in our prayer life, the way to pray unceasingly, and the way to maintain our prayer is by watching in it with thanksgiving.
Having Prayer Companions
A very practical way to sustain our prayer life is to have one or more prayer partners. It is so easy to be distracted and forget about our prayer life, but if you are desperate before the Lord and He gives you a prayer partner, there’s someone else who can remind you to pray.
It is so good to even have set times of prayer during the week with your prayer partner. The Lord promises that wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He is there with them, and whatever we ask in harmony on the earth, He will do it for us (see Matt. 18:19-20).
One or more prayer partners will not only help us pray better but also help us sustain and continue our prayer life.
Daniel had his three companions, and when the king issued the decree to kill all the wise men in Babylon since they couldn’t tell him the dream and its interpretation, Daniel went to his three friends and they prayed together (Dan. 2:17-23).
Whenever there are problems, whenever there’s a need, we can call / meet up with our prayer partner to pray one with the Lord concerning that situation, and the Lord will answer us!
Don’t seek “an immediate answer”; be simple before the Lord and in faith believe that whatever you prayed, He has already fulfilled! Prayer Companions are Very Important!
The Best Way to Redeem the Time
After Paul speaks of being watchful in prayer with thanksgiving, he gives us a glimpse of the consequences of having a prayer life: our walk will be wise, our speech will always be with grace, and we will know how to answer each one. All these are related to redeeming the time.
The best way to redeem the time, the best way to make time be valuable and have meaning, is to have a prayer life.
It is very important to make a vow before the Lord concerning our prayer life, telling Him that we want to be a praying person. When we make such a deal with Him, our Christian life and church life will be greatly enriched and uplifted, and we will enjoy the Lord and His presence.
His anointing and His leading will be with us, and we will see the Lord’s smile. The result will be that we will redeem the time by walking in wisdom, and our speaking will impart grace to those who listen (Col. 4:4-6).
When we are filled with thanks to God and with grace toward others, we will have the wisdom to walk in a way which glorifies God and builds up others – then, our time will be redeemed.
How much we need to maintain and sustain our prayer life, so that we will redeem the time and live a life that glorifies God!
Lord Jesus, save us from wasting any more of our time and Your time. Lord, open our eyes to see the importance of maintaining our prayer life with thanksgiving. We want to have Your smile, and we want to enjoy You constantly. Lord, keep us praying unceasingly both personally and with our companions. Vitalize us through much prayer before You, and make us those who live a life that expresses You to others.
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from portions in, New Life Lessons (pp. 9-16), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 4 (entitled, Persevering in Prayer).
- Buy this morning revival book online via Living Stream Ministry.
- Further reading: recommending Col. 4:1-6 with footnotes.
- Hymns on this topic:
# It’s a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord / And to sing praises unto our God. / To show forth Thy lovingkindness / In the morning and every night.
# Ten thousand thanks to Jesus, / Whose life our ransom paid, / Whose blood a full redemption / For all the world has made.
# The saints in prayer appear as one, / In word, and deed, and mind; / While with the Father and the Son / Sweet fellowship they find.
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).
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