Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:2-6.

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”

Praying is an intensely personal thing…or it should be. Paul says we should pray “with an alert mind and a thankful heart” (v. 2), an encouragement to be truly involved in our prayers. God wants to hear from us, but we should be ready to hear from Him as well.

Jesus taught us that personal prayer was a necessary part of our faith life. He showed that two way communication with God is not only possible but essential. Corporate prayer in worship and praying for each other’s needs are all forms of prayer in which we must be involved.

Prayer enables us to know God’s will for us, along with scripture and teaching. Jesus gave us an example of effective prayer when His disciples asked Him to teach them (Matthew 6:9-13). All prayer is beneficial and important in the work we are called to do.

Loving Lord, we are grateful to be in touch with You through prayer. Bless us to listen, understand and act, going in Your name to share the Good News. Amen.

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