Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; – Colossians 4:2
Our theme scripture is an instructive verse. Apostle Paul instructs the church at Colosse to continue in prayer and watch in the same way in thanksgiving.
What does it mean to continue? Contextually, to continue here means to be consistent. So, Apostle Paul was instructing this church to be consistent in the place of prayer.
Apostle Paul’s instruction to the church at Rome corroborates this. He instructs them in a similar fashion.
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; CONTINUING INSTANT IN PRAYER”
One reason he is advocating for believers to continue in prayer is because we become what we repeatedly do. This is why I say that a man who prays twenty minutes three times a day is going to have a more fervent walk in the Lord than the one who prays for six hours once in a week.
It is not our extremities that build us. It’s our consistency! There is grace on your life to continue fervently in the faith.
The instruction to continue isn’t relegated to prayer alone. It is for every aspect of the believer’s walk in the faith.
See how the Apostles prioritised continuing in prayer and the ministry of the word – “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” – Acts 6:4
Apostle Paul also instructed his protege and son Timothy to continue in the instruction from God’s word.
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; CONTINUE in them: for
in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
1 Timothy 4:16
Bear in mind that while Apostle Paul’s letter was written to certain churches and individuals, it is also for us by extension. It wasn’t just for them.
In summary, don’t get tired of praying, studying your bible or reaching out the lost. CONTINUE!