Keep Alert with Prayer and Praise!

Colossians 4:2Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with grateful praise.
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Remember Paul and Silas? Ever wonder why they were praying and singing near midnight(Acts 16:23-26)? After a long day, being beaten and thrown in prison why would they do this? Consider Psalm 119 – they knew this psalm.

Psalm 119:60-62 I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous judgments.

The word for give thanks is yadah[03034] and it means to give thanks, laud, praise, worship, to confess the name of God with extended hands. Praying and singing near midnight was a way to keep alert and declare their faith{the other prisoners were listening to them}.

The word for grace, charis[5485] ,  is also the word for thanks. Look at the connection between this word, thankfulness, singing and letting the peace of God rule!!!!!!!!

Colossians 3:15-17 … And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful[2170] . Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace[5485] in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks[2168] to God the Father through Him.

Paul and Silas wholeheartedly singing songs of praise and giving thanks at midnight was a way of inviting the Lord into their situation. It was a way to acknowledge the Lord and declare their faith, for  the other prisoners were listening. It helped them rise up despite their difficult circumstances; to expectantly wait, keep alert in prayer and watch for the Lord to act. Notice that this also let the peace of God rule in their hearts.

Is it any surprise then, that this watchful grace-full thanksgiving is God’s will for His body?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 … Rejoice[5463] always; pray without ceasing; In everything give thanks[2168]; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Word Study

From NetBible Ps 119:62 … At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous judgments.

  • rise: quwm[06965] = to arise, to stand, to be confirmed, to be proven
  • give thanks: yadah[03034] = to confess/acknowledge the name of God, especially to revere or worship with extended hands
    *The giving of oneself in worship and adoration – absolute surrender.

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From NetBible Col 4:2 … Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving(grateful praise).

  • keeping alert: gregoreuo[1127] = vigilant wakeful watching *From [1453] = to arouse, cause to rise
  • thanksgiving: eucharistia[2169] = actively grateful to (to God as an act of worship)
    *From http://concordances.org/greek/2170.htm
    Be thankful[2170] eucharistos: mindful of favours, grateful – properly, thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good; grateful, which literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor)

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From NetBible Col 3:15-17 … be thankful[2170]  …  singing with grace[5485] in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks[2168] to God the Father through Him.

  • be thankful: eucharistos[2170]
    *from http://concordances.org/greek/2170.htm –  be thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good;  literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor)
  • singing with grace: charis[5485] = grace which affords joy, gratitude
    *From chairo[5463] = be glad, rejoice exceedingly
  • giving thanks: eucharisteo[2168] = to be grateful, to express gratitude towards *From [2170]

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From NetBible 1Thes 5:16-18 … Rejoice[5463] always; pray without ceasing; In everything give thanks[2168]; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  • rejoice: chairo[5463] = be glad, rejoice exceedingly
  • give thanks: eucharisteo[2168] = to be grateful, to express gratitude towards *From [2170]

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Related:
Watchful Thanksgiving{article}

 

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