Devotional: Colossians 4:2-6


  • (Col 4:2 ESV) Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
  • (Col 4:3 ESV) At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison–
  • (Col 4:4 ESV) that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
  • (Col 4:5 ESV) Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
  • (Col 4:6 ESV) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.


I think the concept of prayer is hard to process.  That we carry on in some sort of conversation with an unseen super-power anticipating a favorable outcome might sound crazy.  Like the imaginary friend you had in the third grade, except omniscient and sovereign over all creation – also not imaginary.  So maybe nothing like that imaginary friend at all.  Honestly, prayer can sometimes seem like a one-sided conversation that hits the ceiling and never comes back, yet we are told to continue steadfastly in prayer.  Even Jesus, the God-Man, was noted to pray often, even to the point of anguish at times.  In those prayers of Jesus one important distinction can be noted: He prayed for God’s will to be done through Him.  We can and we should bring our needs, desires, and struggles before God in prayer, but we should want above and beyond for His sovereign, omniscient will to be done in our lives daily.


What is something you have prayed for and you are not thankful that your request was not granted by God?


What is something you have prayed for that was granted?


How is faith related to your prayer life?




Prayer is a special form of communication between God and His people enabled and guided by the Holy Spirit and meant to happen constantly. Following the example of Jesus, believers should pray for God’s glory, seeking God’s will and provision, confessing their sins and requesting forgiveness, and asking for direction from God.  When we pray we should approach the throne of God with confidence that He will meet all of our needs both physical and spiritual with our best interest at heart. In prayer, our ultimate desire is to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Psalm 34:15, Hebrews 4:16, Ecclesiastes 5:2, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Romans, 8:26, Acts 12:5, Acts 12:7, Philippians 4:6, Luke 11:2-13, Luke 18:1-8, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18-19, Matthew 6:5-8, Luke 22:39-44, John 15:7, 1 John 5:14, Isaiah 59:1, Luke 6:12, Luke 22:45-46, Colossians 4:2-3, Psalm 13:1-2, Psalm 22:2, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Matthew 14:35-36