Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 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— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:2-6 ESV)
Here the author of Colossians is reminding them to pray and to be watchful after they pray, being thankful for what they ae provided.
How many of us are thankful for what we have? Yesterday in a bible study I was reminded of the question, “what if you woke up tomorrow morning only with the things you thanked God for today?” What would we have? And would we truly be thankful. We sometime get upset when God doesn’t work like a cosmic vending machine and give us what we ask for, what we want. We are remiss to not thank Him for what He has given us, what we need.
We also need to pray for others, that God would work in and thought their lives, that God’s word might be made known through them.
So pray! And be thankful for what you have received from Him who watches over your needs and pray for others that God’s will is done in and through them.