Colossians 4:1, Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV)
The Apostle Paul makes some significant concluding remarks to the Colossians Christians. Point 1 from this passage (in yesterday’s blog) showed Paul’s admonition for employers to pay a fair wage and employees to work hard and earn their wages because both honor God. Paul’s 2nd significant point in this passage is to be devoted to prayer. In Colossians 4, Paul tells us, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Did you hear those first few words, “Devote yourselves to prayer…” In other words, prayer is not something we do only when we are in need, trouble or in a crisis. It is something that requires devotion and commitment, but what exactly does that devotion to prayer look like?
Read those next words…“being watchful and thankful!” In other words, we should always be looking for something to be thankful to God for in our lives. However, most of us simply forget about those things for which we should be thankful and instead focus our prayers on things we want. The Apostle Paul reminds us not to be that way, for each and every one of us has something for which we can show gratitude. You might think, “But Paul, you don’t know my situation”. Let me remind you that Paul wrote those words from a Roman prison, so be prayerful and thankful this week.
Think about it…and have a blessed week.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D