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

”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.“

Paul lived an active prayer life and encouraged others to know the joy that comes from this connection with God. He teaches us to pray “with an alert mind and a thankful heart”, indicating we must not just download our cares on God (although we are blessed to do so) but engage with Him in our thoughts and emotions. God knows our hearts and minds already but through prayer we receive help, guidance and comfort.

I often find it easier to pray for others than my own issues because I think it selfish to pray for myself. However, God wants us to recognize our own needs and failings and pray about them for healing and improvement. It is almost prideful NOT to pray for ourselves as if we had nothing to concern us.

Of course we should always pray for others and Paul asks the Colossians to pray for his ministry, even as he is imprisoned. He doesn’t pray for relief or release but that he may have the opportunity to spread the Gospel. May we pray for such opportunities as well that we may share the truth of Christ with the world.

Loving Lord, we are sorry that we are lazy in our prayers. Help us to be the active prayer warriors You call us to be, aware of the needs of others and ourselves. May we be united in our prayers as Your people. Amen.

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