Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

The Efficacy of Prayer

Col 4:2-3, 2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, …

In his conclusion to his letter to the Colossians, Paul the apostle encourages the church to continue to pray. This implies that the church was already engaged actively in prayers but needed to press on even more. Paul injects the word “earnestly” perhaps to caution them not to do it half heartedly, casually, or even as a duty but consider it a delight with intense conviction. He adds another phrase “being vigilant” which implies taking it seriously, being intentional, consistent. A watchman must take his work seriously because his life and others depend on it, that is the nature of a praying believer. He further encourages the believers to make it a practice to give thanks always. And finally, lifting others’ needs in prayer as you petition your own.

We must pray and pray more, keep fueling and fanning the fire of prayer in our lives. Prayer ought to be regular, habitual, intentional. The Christian should every day resolve in his/her heart that she will make time to pray. David had his time of communion while in the wilderness (not a place of comfort) “…O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. “ (Psa 63:1).  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (Jam 5:16).

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