Vigorous Prayer (Thurs. Nov. 18)

The word of the day is “earnestly.”  In our reading of Colossians 4:2-9, Paul closes his letter with some parting counsel.  Before ending his Epistle with salutations, the Apostle writes, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (vs. 2). With these words, Paul urges the believers in Colossae to continue to pray. That should go without saying.  Prayer, after all, is the breath of the soul. The body cannot survive for more than a few minutes without breathing. Likewise, the neglect of prayer deadens the soul. Strong Prayers Paul not only urges us to pray, but he teaches us how we should do it.  He writes that we should offer our petitions and supplications to God with…

Vigorous Prayer (Thurs. Nov. 5)

The word of the day is “earnestly.”  In our reading of Colossians 4:2-9, St. Paul closes his letter with some parting counsel.  Before ending his Epistle with salutations, the Apostle writes, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (vs. 2). With these words, Paul urges the believers in Colossae to continue to pray. That should go without saying.  Prayer, after all, is the breath of the soul. The body cannot survive for more than a few minutes without breathing. Likewise, the neglect of prayer deadens the soul. Strong Prayers Paul not only urges us to pray, but he teaches us how we should do it.  He writes that we should offer our petitions and supplications to God…