Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2
This is for all of you, including myself, who are fed up with praying for the same thing repeatedly without seeing any results. In our fast pace society, patience is definitely something that is lacking. With our smart phones, 4G LTE, and easy access to the Internet, the millennial generation is anything but patient. The same thing goes in our prayer life. We pray for something because we want it right now. We don’t want to wait. We want it now because we think we know it’s best for us at that moment. Key word here: WE. We want what we want now and can’t understand (sometimes) why God isn’t answering our prayers. Even if we are attuned to the Holy Spirit and are praying for what we feel the Spirit is telling us to pray for, we still may not 100 percent understand why we aren’t seeing any results. Ever think about GOD’S timing? He knows what is best for our lives, and he is always faithful. He will follow through; I don’t doubt that.
In Colossians 4:2, Paul encourages the church of Colosse to be persistent in their prayers. Persistence shows we have faith that God will answer our prayers. The answer you get may not be exactly what you prayed for, but it will be better. It may not come when you want it to come, but it will come in God’s perfect timing.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
There’s that word “persistence” again. Repeatedly and consistently praying for something or someone shows your faith. Also, think about the power of persistently praying with a friend or family member who is not a believer. The way you tirelessly pray for them will have a positive impact in their life, especially when God answers that prayer. Think about how your faith could give them faith. This is something that could help bring that person to Jesus. Isn’t that what we all want?
So how can we devote ourselves to prayer, staying alert and thankful? 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Never stop praying” meaning this action should be continuous in our lives; this is how we devote ourselves. Be thankful for all the blessings God has already provided for you in your life. Make a list if you that will help you. Try not to focus on the unanswered prayers but on those he has previously fulfilled.
You may become tired of praying, but be assured that God is always present, always listening, and always faithful. He has plans for your lives that are better than you can even imagine!