Watchful and Thankful
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col. 4:2
Being prayerful, watchful, and thankful. This is the way that we should be as we lead our lives.
We are so anxious to take action, as if by taking quick action all issues in life will be resolved. This is not really the case, however, for action without prayer often muddles up things and it makes reality more complicated. Quick action mystifies, but prayer clarifies. Prayer enables us to see realities as they are, and causes us to make wise decisions.
Prayer is something Christians all desire to do more of, yet often end doing a lot less, for the evil one realizes how effective prayer is and tries all he can to keep us from doing it consistently. Unfortunately, he has succeeded in making Christians’ prayer a mere formality and a sort of lip service, mere appearance void of inner essence.
Unless we lead our lives prayerfully there is very little possibility that we can become watchful in our thoughts and conduct. Prayer is an act of centering our attention on God and godly things, and causes us to know the difference between the holy and the profane, the clean and unclean, and it also empowers us to abstain from doing what displeases the Lord.
Being watchful is to constantly self-examine and self-correct and to bring ourselves back on the right track when we are headed in the wrong direction and to always repent when repentance is needed. Only by being prayerful and watchful can Christians abide in the Lord at all times.
A thankful heart is primarily produced by being prayerful and watchful. We fail to thank the Lord in all things merely because we have no knowledge that he is involved in the minutest details of our lives and that we are what and who we are because of him. We can only be thankful if this truth truly becomes internalized within our hearts. Giving thanks is to give credit to whomever credit is due, and if we owe God all things we must thank him in all things. This is quite simple logic, isn’t it?
So let’s start our days on our knees so that we can walk straight during the day, for prayer causes us to be ever watchful and to always choose the right path, so at the end of the day we can be thankful to the Lord, knowing that we have done our best to lead a holy and unblemished life.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:38:00 AM