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Colossians 4:2 (NASB)

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 


Bible Commentary

Colossians 4:2 is a Bible verse where the Apostle Paul gives us important instructions for a happy and healthy mind and heart. As a child, I remember hearing an old Hank Williams Sr. song. It left and impression on me, not only because of the catchy tune but because of the simplicity and importance of the words. The title is easy to remember, “I Saw the Light”. The lyrics are simply Hank’s story about meeting Jesus Christ.

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I saw the light I saw the light
No more darkness no more night
Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

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Even if we know Jesus Christ, we can wander around in a fog of confusion, doubt, worry and pain, sometimes without even recognizing we’re in a place or prison of darkness. We’ve been there so long that we’ve forgotten what the light was like. It was such a slow and gradual decline that we didn’t recognize the shift from light to dark.

We didn’t realize we stopped talking to God, or we had a “good reason” for not praying. We didn’t realize other things crept into our daily quiet time that used to be devoted only to God. Our relationship with Him used to be first. We let the urgency of our to-do list take the place of our intimacy with the Lord. We were lulled to sleep; our heart and mind were led astray without us even being aware.

Because of the Lord’s faithfulness and mercy, He continues to gently pursue us even when we have withdrawn from Him. In our pain, the voices of the enemy and the Holy Spirit were blurred and because we couldn’t tell the difference, we went into hiding. We just wanted to be left alone and not hear any voices anymore. Our peace drifted away and worry crept into its place.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving

But the Lord was still there, gently pursuing, waiting for us to come back to the Light. In our desperation, we reach out to our spouse or a trusted friend, and the Lord reveals Himself and the truth to us—something we couldn’t see because we were in the dark. They helped us see a different perspective or shared a verse we had long forgotten about that had been such a cornerstone in our lives before. They prayed over us and with us.

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Or maybe we finally accepted the truth about a physical ailment that needed treatment and we saw a doctor. Whatever it was, God led the way for us to be healed—in our bodies, our minds and our hearts. He is faithful and ever so patient. We made our way back by following Him out.

And then He shows us how to stay out of the darkness:

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

We are free: free from confusion, free from pain, free from the darkness of doubt, fear and uncertainty. Gradually but continually, our strength and peace return and we’re walking in the Light again. Praise the Lord! I saw the Light!

Study the Bible verse of Colossians 4:2 and come back to God, stay alert in prayer and keep a thankful attitude in your heart.

 

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