“Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.” – Colossians 4:2 GNB
It is always easy to get carried away by the noise and the negativities of this world, it is always easy to quickly forget our position of victory in Christ Jesus and live in fear. Yes, it is easy but that’s only when we do not consistently remind ourselves of who we are in Christ but also who God is for us. It is in this regard that the word of God calls us to be persistent in prayers.
To be persistent means to go on despite of opposition, it means to be committed to something without wavering or to insist on something without compromise. And one key thing we do in prayers is to give God thanks despite all challenges. The Bible didn’t end at saying “be persistent in prayer”, it also gave us insight into what is expected of such persistence; Thanksgiving!
Now, what this means is that; no matter what happens, no matter the storm, no matter the roars of the enemy, no matter the economy, we ought to persist in the place of prayers giving thanks to God. The Bible says
“Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 GNB
To take it to another level, it also means to be remaining in thankfulness when it seems God isn’t there, when we had requested for something from God and it doesn’t seem forthcoming or when it seems we had done all we know how to do, exercised our faith the best way we can and we still didn’t find answer.
One thing we need to always be conscious of about God is that he is always faithful, he is too faithful to fail us. Failing his children is something he doesn’t know how to do. It’s just that often times, we really do not realise how much what we thought was a failure is meant to work for our good.
So, we give thanks to God because we know that he has designed all things to work for our good, we know that the failings of this world only reveals the faithfulness of God even further. This is how we truly engage God’s peace which passes human understanding. The Bible says:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 GNB
God’s peace passes human understanding because it transcends our own definition of peace. It is difficult to understand the reign of peace even in the midst of challenges and terror! That can only be the peace of God.
Therefore, regardless of circumstances, regardless of what is working or not, we have been instructed to be unwavering in the place of prayer and we do this with a thankful heart knowing that God is faithful.