Colossians 4:2 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”
As a believer prayer is not an option. Jesus in teaching in Matthew 6 said “when you pray…” All through the New Testament, Scripture sets precedence for prayer and how we ought to pray. Jesus taught that we pray to the Father in His name as the appropriate protocol for prayer (John 16:26). He also teaches that prayer must be done in faith. In Mark 11:22, 24 He says “have faith in God…when you pray believe you receive and then you will have it”. Faith is to speak God’s language. It is to approach God with the confidence that He is capable of doing what He has committed Himself to doing by His Word.
Many times people pray but they pray without any confidence in God’s ability. They pray with the hope that God in His “sovereignty” will do something about the situation. Friends, this is not faith. This does not please God either. Faith pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 “without faith it is impossible to please God”. Prayer must be done in Faith―Confidence that God will respond appropriately to what we ask. We can only be confident based on what we know God has said He will do. John 15:7 Jesus said “if you abide in me and my words abide in you, then you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.” Here He is teaching us how to approach the Father confidently in prayer. It starts with keeping God’s word resident in your heart.
We must pray earnestly and continuously as led by the Spirit of God, asking in faith. In all this, prayer is not complete without thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, a heart overflowing in thankfulness is an indicator of the strength of faith. Pay attention to Colossians 2:7, NLT “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Thanksgiving is the language of faith and prayer. When you pray believe you have received it, and you will have it. Your heart overflowing with thanksgiving indicates how much you believe it’s yours and eventually you will have your appropriate response.
Scriptures to Meditate: John 15:7; 16:23-24, Luke 18:1, Matt.7:7, 1 John 5:14, Phil.4:6