“Continue in Prayer”
There’s nothing like prayer. Prayer draws us closer to God, re-directs our focus, opens our eyes, and impacts lives both now and for all eternity. Volumes are devoted to prayer. Suffice it to say, we can’t pray enough!
My personal verse for the past several years has been Colossians 4:2 (NASB): “Devote yourselves to (or continue in) prayer, keeping alert with an attitude of thanksgiving.” C. H. Spurgeon elaborates:
“So deep are our needs that until we are in heaven, we must not cease to pray….Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant. the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath , the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian. If you are a child of God, you will seek your Father’s face and live in your Father’s love.
“Pray this year you may be holy, humble, zealous, and patient. Have closer communion with Christ, and enter more often into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that you may be an example and a blessing to others, and that you may live more to the glory of your Master. The motto for this year [and ever] must be, ‘Continue in prayer.‘”
Amen Lord! When I review the known past, God’s faithfulness is stamped across each page! With such assurance, I pray, Lord, let me tred into this new year, or each gift of an hour or day, with the knowledge of your care–Your arms around me, Your thoughts towards me, and Your spirit in me to teach, guide, and comfort. I dare not trust myself or “the sweetest frame”, but “wholly lean on Jesus’ name!”