Colossians 4:2

Continue in prayer.” 
              — Colossians 4:2

It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is
occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples,
enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible
before we read, “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;” and
just as we are about to close the volume, the “Amen” of an earnest
supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a
wrestling Jacob-there a Daniel who prayed three times a day-and a David
who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see
Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands,
and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred
importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God
has made prominent in his Word, he intended to be conspicuous in our
lives. If he has said much about prayer, it is because he knows we have
much need of it. So deep are our necessities, that until we are in
heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear
thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then,
may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a
Christless soul. 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 honour of a Christian. If thou be a child of God, thou
wilt seek thy Father’s face, and live in thy Father’s love. Pray that
this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer
communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of
his love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto
others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The
motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

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