Approaching God in Prayer
Today’s Text: Colossians 4:2
As I interact with Christians in North America, the conversation inevitably focuses on the seemingly irreversible state of world affairs—terrorism, persecution, economic collapse, political upheaval and injustice. Frequently a hand-wringing sentiment is expressed that since the Bible predicts the last days will be characterized by evil and perilous times, there is nothing to be done.
In reality, there is one essential activity in which all Christians can and should engage:
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving . . .”
There is urgency in this short statement penned by the apostle Paul. Two words stand out as he communicates the necessity of prayer in the life of the Christian.
The first is proskartereō the Greek word translated “continue” that conveys the concept of devotion. Christians are to give unwavering, persevering and incessant attention to prayer. Not a frivolous diversion, time spent in prayer is the essence of Christian living. Paul admonished the Thessalonian church to “pray without ceasing” (2 Th. 5:17).
The second word is grēgoreō translated “vigilant” in the text. Not a ritual but rather a conversation with the God of creation, prayer requires an attitude that is alert, engaged, focused and informed.
Paul concludes that the persistent focused prayer of Christians is also characterized by thanksgiving, which demonstrates genuine faith. Our prayers should not only thank God for what He has already done, but also anticipate what He will do in answer to our petitions.
Christians are not left to numb disillusionment or hopeless despair. We have the privileged opportunity of approaching the God of creation in prayer—at any moment—in any place. No detail is too small or any problem too great for God!
Take advantage of that privilege. Make a commitment to designate time for prayer. Encourage others to join you for both scheduled and spontaneous moments to pray for the challenges facing the world today. And then, rest in the assurance that God is working!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken authentically communicates biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added).
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) No detail is too small or problem too great for God. [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios