Pray, Watch, Be Thankful

Col. 4:2 tells us to devote ourselves to prayer, to be watchful, and to be thankful. Are we doing these things? Did we do them today?

When we pray, we need to believe. (Mark 11:24) For “without faith it is impossible to please God,” (Heb. 11:6), but for those who continue to trust, seeking Him and His will, He will reward them. So let us pray about all things, and keep on praying.

Are we being watchful? The best way to do that is to be in God’s Word, meditating on it, studying it, memorizing it. Then when we see or hear or experience something, we can sift it all through the wisdom, insight, and discernment of that Word hidden in our hearts. (Ps. 119:11) We will not be lured by false teachers, deceptive paths, wasteful endeavors, or harmful counterfeits. Jesus consistently warned us to be watchful. And to do so, we must know well the Truth.

Are we being thankful? Did you express gratitude to God today for provision, safety, transportation? How about for sight, hearing, loved ones, two hands, trees, sky, and light? These blessings should never be taken for granted. God gives us all such things to enjoy, but if He were absent, we would have none of this. In Hell there will be nothing good. Darkness and despair only. Let’s think on these things and let our gratefulness bubble up in praise to God. And let’s continuously use our lives to show him how thankful we especially are to be granted The Pardon. That pardon that was extended to all who will take it. That pardon Jesus offers to a sinful, fallen humanity who otherwise heads toward banishment from God’s presence for all eternity.

So, friends, let’s devote ourselves to prayer, watchfulness, and gratitude.



~ by smilesback on September 23, 2009.

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