Colossians 4:2 - Devoted to Pray with an Alert Mind and Thankful Heart.

Colossians 4:2 (NLT) Devote yourselves to 
prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  


How Did Brother Lawrence Do It?
   Brother Lawrence committed mind and soul 
to unbroken communion with God, continuously 
occupied with praising, worshiping, and loving him. 
How could he pull that off moment by moment in a 
busy kitchen or while traveling?  
   He persevered in training himself to do 
everything in the kitchen or on the road for the love 
of God.  
   He prayed at every juncture for God's 
grace to do the work.  
   He gave no thought to death or his sins 
but only to doing small things for the love of 
God. Great things, he said, he was unable to do. 
   He realized God was intimately present 
within him and so he constantly asked for his help. 
   He was alert to recognize God's will "in 
all things doubtful."  
   When he saw clearly what God required, he 
did his very best.  
   He offered what he was doing to God. 
   After doing it, he gave God thanks. 
   In the monastery kitchen where he worked, 
Lawrence wasn't doing anything different from other 
workers, except he was constantly practicing the 
Lord's presence. In other words, he was constantly 
open to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. His 
alertness to the Spirit's whispers and guidance made 
God his ultimate companion, no matter what 
Lawrence was doing.  
   The more we persist in directing our 
thoughts to God in our fast-paced lives, the more we 
find internal peace and joy. Brother Lawrence 
observes, "There is not in the world a way of life 
more sweet, nor more delightful than continual 
converse with God. Only those who practice and savor 
it can understand it." [The One Year Book of 
Encouragement by Harold Myra] 


It is interesting to remark how large a 
portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject 
of prayer, either in furnishing examples, 
enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We 
scarcely open the Bible before we read, Then began 
men to call upon the name of the Lord; and 
just as we are about to close the volume, the 
Amen of an earnest supplication meets our ear. 
Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling 
Jacob - there a Daniel who prayed three times a 
day - and a David who with all his heart called 
upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in 
the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes 
of commands, and myriads of promises. What does 
this teach us, but the sacred importance and 
necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever 
God has made prominent in his Word, he intended 
to be conspicuous in our lives. If he has said 
much about prayer, it is because he knows we have 
much need of it ... A prayerless soul is a 
Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing 
infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the 
requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. 
It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, 
the strength, the honour of a Christian. 
[Spurgeon, Charles H., Morning and Evening.] 


The way of life that Paul sketched is 
supernatural. Thus Paul emphasized the role of prayer. We 
are to depend on the Lord ourselves, and 
encourage others to focus their lives on God. [Victor 
Teachers Commentary] 

We must pray always if we would grow in 
faith and experience. We are to be "instant in 
prayer," to "continue in prayer, and watch in the 
same with thanksgiving."  Unceasing prayer is 
the unbroken union of the soul with God, SC97-8  

Many have not a living faith. This is why 
they do not see more of the power of God. Their 
weakness is the result of their unbelief. They have 
more faith in their own working than in the 
working of God for them. They take themselves into 
their own keeping. They plan and devise, but pray 
little, and have little real trust in God. They 
think they have faith, but it is only the impulse 
of the moment. Failing to realize their own 
need, or God's willingness to give, they do not 
persevere in keeping their requests before the Lord. 

We cannot spend all our time on our knees, 
but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude 
at all times. This attitude is built upon 
acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his 
presence within us, and determining to obey him 
fully. Then we will find it natural to pray 
frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful 
attitude is not a substitute for regular times of 
prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times.  
[Life Application SB] 

To persist in prayer and not give up does 
not mean endless repetition or painfully long 
prayer sessions. Always praying means keeping our 
requests constantly before God as we live for him day 
by day, believing he will answer. When we live 
by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay 
answering, but his delays always have good reasons. As 
we persist in prayer we grow in character, 
faith, and hope. [Life Application SB] 

Have you ever grown tired of praying for 
something or someone? Paul says we should be devoted 
and alert in prayer. Our vigilance is an 
expression of our faith that God answers our prayers. 
Faith shouldn't die if the answers come slowly, 
for the delay may be God's way of working his 
will in our lives. When you feel tired of 
praying, know that God is present, always listening, 
always answering -- maybe not in ways you had 
hoped, but in ways that he knows are best. (The 
Life Application Commentary) 


   When I was in my early twenties, a friend 
at work asked to borrow ten dollars. She said 
she'd repay it by the end of the day. A few hours 
before the conclusion of the workday, she'd made no 
mention of the loan. Ten dollars might sound like 
too minor an issue to worry if it was ever 
repaid, but this was during a time when my husband 
and I - newlyweds - had to think hard before 
purchasing a pack of gum. 
   I reminded her. Then I reminded her again 
an hour later. The third time I mentioned it, 
her face darkened. "I told you I'd pay it back 
before the day's over. And I will." 
   My pestering showed lack of trust in her 
word. And it revealed my regret that I hadn't been 
in a financial position to lend to anyone if my 
heart wasn't prepared to risk not getting it back. 
She made a point of returning the ten dollars 
before we clocked out for the day. But my 
impatience had driven a small wedge in our work 
relationship, one that never fully disappeared. 
   When does prayer become pestering? When 
does our repeating a familiar request show lack 
of trust in Jesus? The answer is less about 
timing than it is attitude. The Bible records 
instances when our persistence in prayer is applauded, 
and other times when we're reminded that He 
knows what we need before we even ask. 
   Where does that leave us? In need of a 
heart check Does my pleading reveal an honorable 
persistence? Or does it show a lack of faith in Jesus - 
the ever faithful One? by Cynthia Ruchti 
   Faith Step: Note the second half of 
Colossians 4:2 - " and guard your prayers with 
thanksgiving." Memorize this as a reminder that our 
gratitude for answers on their way guards our prayers 
from turning into nagging. [Mornings With Jesus 
2018 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   My thoughts are not your thoughts; 
neither are your ways My ways. As the heavens are 
higher than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts 
higher than yours. Remember who I AM when you spend 
time with Me. Marvel at the wonder of being able 
to commune with the King of the universe - any 
time, any place. Never take this amazing privilege 
for granted!  
   Though I am vastly higher and greater 
than you, I am training you to think My thoughts. 
As you spend time in My Presence, My thoughts 
gradually form in your mind. My Spirit is the Director 
of this process. Sometimes He brings Bible 
verses to mind. Sometimes He enables you to hear Me 
"speak" directly to you. These communications 
strengthen you and prepare you for whatever is before 
you on your life-path. Take time to listen to My 
voice. Through your sacrifice of precious time, I 
bless you far more than you dare to ask. (Isa. 
55:8, 9; Col. 4:2; Psa. 116:17) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Trust Me by relinquishing control into My 
hands. Let go, and recognize that I am God. This is 
My world: I made it and I control it. Yours is 
a responsive part in the litany of Love. I 
search among My children for receptivity to Me. 
Guard well this gift that I have planted in your 
heart. Nurture it with the Light of My Presence. 
   When you bring Me prayer requests, lay 
out your concerns before Me. Speak to Me 
candidly; pour out your heart. Then thank Me for the 
answers that I have set into motion long before you 
can discern results. When your requests come to 
mind again, continue to thank Me for the answers 
that are on the way. If you keep on stating your 
concerns to Me, you will live in a state of tension. 
When you thank Me for how I am answering your 
prayers, your mind-set becomes much more positive. 
Thankful prayers keep your focus on My Presence and 
My promises. (Psa. 46:10; Col. 4:2; 2 Pet. 
1:3-4) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Rest in My presence, allowing Me to take 
charge of this day. Do not bolt into the day like a 
racehorse suddenly released. Instead, walk 
purposefully with Me, letting Me direct your course one 
step at a time. Thank Me for each blessing along 
the way; this brings Joy to both you and Me. A 
grateful heart protects you from negative thinking. 
Thankfulness enables you to see the abundance I shower 
upon you daily. Your prayers and petitions are 
winged into heaven's throne room when they are 
permeated with thanksgiving. In everything give 
thanks, for this is My will for you. (Col. 4:2; 1Th. 
5:18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Hold My hand and walk joyously with Me 
through this day. Together we will savor the 
pleasures and endure the difficulties it brings. Be on 
the lookout for everything I have prepared for 
you: stunning scenery, bracing winds of 
adventure, cozy nooks for resting when you are weary; 
and much more. I am your Guide, as well as your 
constant Companion. I know every step of the journey 
ahead of you, all the way to heaven.  
   You don't have to choose between staying 
close to Me and staying on course. Since I am the 
Way, staying close to Me is staying on course. As 
you focus your thoughts on Me. I will guide you 
carefully along today's journey. Don't worry about 
what is around the next bend. Just concentrate on 
enjoying My Presence and staying in step with Me. 
(John 14:6; Col. 4:2) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   When the task before you looks daunting, 
refuse to be intimidated. Discipline your thinking 
to view the challenge as a privilege rather 
than a burdensome duty. Make the effort to 
replace your "I have to" mentality with an "I get 
to" approach. This will make all the difference 
in your perspective - transforming drudgery 
into delight. This is not a magic trick; the work 
still has to be done. But the change in your 
viewpoint can help you face the challenging chore 
joyfully and confidently. 
   As you go about your work, perseverance 
is essential. If you start to grow weary or 
discouraged, remind yourself: "I get to do this!" Then 
thank Me for giving you the ability and strength 
to do what needs to be done. Thankfulness 
clears your mind and draws you close to Me. 
Remember that My Spirit who lives in you is the 
Helper; ask Him to help you when you're perplexed. 
As you ponder problems and seek solutions, He 
will guide your mind. Whatever you do, work at it 
with all your heart - as working for Me. (Col. 
4:2; Joh. 14:16; Col. 3:23) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 

   Every time something thwarts your plans 
or desires, use that as a reminder to 
communicate with Me. This practice has several benefits. 
The first is obvious: Talking with Me blesses 
you and strengthens our relationship. Another 
benefit is that disappointments, instead of dragging 
you down, are transformed into opportunities for 
good. This transformation removes the sting from 
difficult circumstances, making it possible to be 
joyful in the midst of adversity.  
   Begin by practicing this discipline in 
all the little disappointments of daily life. It 
is often these minor setbacks that draw you 
away from My Presence. When you reframe setbacks 
as opportunities, you find that you gain much 
more than you have lost. It is only after much 
training that you can accept major losses in this 
positive way. But it is possible to attain the 
perspective of the apostle Paul, who wrote: Compared to 
the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ 
Jesus, I consider everything I once treasured to be 
as insignificant as rubbish. (Col. 4:2; Phi. 
3:7, 8) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


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6th of 28: You Can Change: 
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred