Continue In Watchful Prayer
Pastor Matt Knilans
~Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving… Colossians 4:2
Have you ever gone through a period in your life when you were tempted to give up on something you were praying for because the answer seemed too long in coming?
The truth is, we’ve all experienced times when we prayed in faith, but the answer to our prayers seemed to come far too slowly. In Colossians 4:2 Paul outlined the kind of attitude we must maintain as we wait for the answers to our prayers. Several words are very important in this verse. First, Paul began by saying, “Continue in prayer..” This word “continue” is translated from the Greek word, proskartereo, which is a compund of the words pros and kertereo. The word pros is the preposition to or toward, and it carries the idea of close, upfront, intimate contact with someone else. A good example of this word pros is found in Ephesians 6:12, where it is used to describe our close contact with unseen, demonic spirits that have been marshaled against us. The second word kartereo means to be strong, to be stout, to bear up, to have fortitude, or to be steadfast. strong, robust, tough, solid, or heavy duty.
When these two words are compounded, as they are in Colossians 4:2, the new word depicts a strong, solid, “never give up type” of leaning toward an object. It pictures a person who wants something so fiercely that he is leaning forward toward that object - pressing toward it, devoted to the goal of obtaining it, and busily engaged in activities that will bring the object of his desire toward him.
By using this word, proskartereo, Paul was emphatically urging us to do three things as we wait for God to answer our prayers
Stay forward-directed and focused in prayer
Keep pressing into the Spirit
Resolutely refuse to give up until we have obtained what we are believing for in prayer
There will undoubtedly be times in life when the answers to your prayers won’t come quickly. However, God wants us to stay strong and continue to pray.
God wants you to meet Him face to face and surrender every area of your life to Him. In return, He promises that you will receive the answers you seek.
So what should you do if you are praying in faith and the answer still hasn’t come? It’s time for you to dig in and press in the Spirit toward the answer. Be willing to make whatever changes God may require of you, and keep your eyes open for the answer. Finally, lift up your voice, and start thanking Him now for the answer even before it comes!
My prayer for today
Lord, I am making the decision to turn up my fervency in prayer! You are telling me to pray consistently and persistently and to press in harder than eery before, so that is what I am going to do. If there are issues in my life that are blocking the answers to my prayers, please reveal them to me and I will surrender them to You. With the help of Your Spirit, I will stay in faith with a watchful eye for the answer I have sought from You. Right now by faith, I thank You in advance for the answer I am seeking.
I pray this by faith in Jesus’ name!
*Sparkling Gems From the Greek - Rick Renner