Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
I look at this Scripture and immediately find direction in what should be done. Particularly in three key words.
First the word “continue”. Continue is defined as “to remain or cause to remain in a particular condition, capacity, or place. To carry on uninterruptedly a course of action, persisting in something and to resume after an interruption.”
Next the word “earnestly”. Earnestly or earnest is defined as “marked by or showing deep sincerity or seriousness with a purposeful or sincere intent. To be serious or determined.”
And lastly, the word “vigilant”. Vigilant is defined as “being keenly watchful to detect trouble and to be wary, ever awake and alert.”
So, my understanding of these words is that I will continue to remain in an attitude of prayer to carry out what is intended by the prayers without interruption. And if I get interrupted, I will resume where I left off. My attitude of prayer will be demonstrated by a deep sincerity to be purposeful with my prayer and not be complacent with what I petition God for. And I will be forever watchful to detect any scheme of the enemy to deter or interrupt my planned course of action. And that is to “Pray through until there is a breakthrough”.
Being in an attitude of prayer means that I have a constant connection with the Holy Spirit. Isn’t this what we desire to be our way of life? Prayerfulness arises from a desire to be with God. To be connected to Him; to walk with Him; to have an intimate relationship with Him. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5-6 NKJV) “More than those who watch for the morning,” expresses not only an intense yearning, but also the certainty of hope. We are watchmen.
The last part of our foundational verse says, “in it with thanksgiving.” Thankfulness is defined as having a “heartfelt gratitude”. In this case, certainly to God. For His everlasting love by giving us His Son, Jesus. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV) For His everlasting goodness. “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19 NKJV) And in response to His everlasting mercy and grace. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
Prayer embraces praising God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has already done, and looking forward to what He promises to do in the future. Join me, in “continuing earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”
Dear Lord, thank You for Your everlasting love, Your goodness, and Your great mercy and grace. Help us to remain earnest in prayer allowing nothing to distract us or to take us away from connecting with You. Help us to discern the schemes of the enemy that hinders our time in prayer with You. May we set time aside, casting everything else away and connect with You, Holy Spirit. Help us to pray through until You bring a breakthrough. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!