“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2
Reflect / Discuss
● What does it mean to be “watchful and thankful” in prayer?
● What are some of the things you pray about? Would they be considered watchful or thankful?
All throughout the Bible, prayer always precedes action. It is never a short “quick prayer” like we have become accustomed to. It is intentional. Prayer allows us to connect with God and be in sync with how He is moving in our lives and in our community. It prepares us for action. This passage tells us to be watchful in prayer. Sometimes we can be so concerned with our own lives that we miss the bigger things that God is doing. Instead, we should be attentive to what’s going on around us and in the world, and be ready to pray for those things.
● Be thankful – thank God for a prayer he has answered or something he has provided, but you have overlooked.
● Be watchful – think of a person or situation that you haven’t prayed for, and spend time praying or them.