BEING WATCHFUL IN PRAYER

Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:2-6

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)

When I read these words about being watchful in prayer, my mind went to Jesus’ words to His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. As they entered the garden, Jesus was deeply troubled. He told His disciples to remain where they were and to watch. Then He went a little farther and fell to the ground and prayed, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36).

After Jesus prayed this agonizing prayer, He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. Then He spoke these words to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:37,38).

I believe that Jesus’ words to Peter give us insight into Paul’s words to the Colossians — “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful with thanksgiving.” We face temptations of all kinds day in and day out. Our spirits may be willing, but we must acknowledge that our flesh is weak. We must continue to watch and pray. When we face temptations, we must be aware of our weak flesh and we must be steadfast in our prayers, so that we may not succumb to the temptations. Prayer is one of the primary weapons we have against Satan and the fiery darts he throws at us.

Notice also that we are to pray with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving keeps us from only praying selfish prayers. Thanksgiving makes us aware of all the blessings God has poured out upon us. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Lord Jesus, keep this verse before me today. Enable me to continue steadfastly in prayer. I pray that I will be watchful for the temptations that I will face today. My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I thank You for Your protection, power, love and grace. Thank You for forgiving me for the many times I have failed You and fallen into temptation. Give me the strength to resist the temptations that I will face today.

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