Continue Steadfastly in Prayer

Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”  The early church knew how important prayer was.  The apostles had watched the Lord Jesus pray all night long at times.  And they knew that if Jesus thought prayer to be that important how much more should they make prayer an important part of their lives, and actually an important part of early church life?  So, they taught the early church to be a people of prayer. 

After the Lord’s ascension into heaven do you remember what they did?  There were about 120 of them at that time.  They all went back into Jerusalem and guess what they did?  They prayed together as the church.  120 of them!  Acts 1:14, All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer.  Men and women together as the church praying.  What a beautiful site!

And we all know the story of the early church.  The Day of Pentecost came.  The Holy Spirit of God fell upon them.  Peter starts preaching.  People start listening.  There is conviction of sin.  There is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.  People are getting baptized and there is enormous growth in the Church right there in Jerusalem.  And what are the people doing?  Acts 2:42, and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  God’s people were meeting together, having fellowship, eating, and praying.  They were devoted to it.  Are you devoted to those important things that we do as a church?  And even more specifically according to Colossians 4:2, prayer?

Work Heartily

Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.”  These two verses come in the context of the apostle Paul addressing the Christian slaves in the church.  These Christians were to obey and do all of their work for the Lord.  And there are absolutely no qualifications as to whether these Christians enjoyed their work or not.  They were simply to obey and do their work for the Lord.  It did not matter if the slave enjoyed his work or not.  I am sure that he had much to do that was not enjoyable.  But, his obligation was to do all as unto the Lord. 

This same command/principle needs to be applied by Christians today.  In doing so, we can trust that our God will use us to bring glory to Himself in our place of work.  Because then the people we work with or work for will not or should not hear us complain about our work.  They will not watch us do just enough to keep the boss off of our backs.  But, they will hear us speak of how thankful we are that we can work.  How thankful we are that God gives us strength and wisdom to do what we do.  They will see that we try to do the best job that we possibly can because we are thankful and we want to bring glory to our great God who has redeemed us from our sins.