“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
It is a language known only by those who speak to the living God.
Prayer opens conversation between the created and his Creator.
It is the avenue through which petitions are made and answers received.
Prayers are also intercessory. They stand between the guilt-ridden and the God who alone can forgive the guilty.
Prayers are supplications. They recognize that God is the supplier of all our needs.
A Path to Healing
Prayer can bring healing. James 5:13 asks us, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.”
Apostle Paul reminds us to “Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
A Cry for Help
It is a mighty weapon that can bring God to our assistance when we are right with Him.
A Gift of Comfort
Prayer can give us comfort, strength, and direction for the days ahead.
Prayer also gives protection. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
A Pathway to Joy
Finally, prayer can bring joy. “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
If we can learn the language of prayer and communicate with our Heavenly Father, then as we abide in Him and His word, we can “ask what [we] will, and it shall be done unto [us].” John 15:7
©2017 Peggy Clark
For more research on Colossians, check out the commentary, So, What's the Latest News? Messages from a Prisoner in Rome by Peggy Clark.