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making it into the next season

I've been reflecting that the time we're in is like a team that's going into the fourth quarter of a good, but tiring game. Victory nor defeat is assured. The whole team has to hang in there and fight to have a chance of winning.

What's the counsel from scripture?

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2

This little verse says everything you need. What it says in plan English is:

  1. Stay in the place of prayer
  2. Be vigilant
  3. And take communion continually
We need to keep ourselves positioned in prayer. Distraction might be our worst enemy right now. All prayer is not constant talking out loud either. Prayer is staying connected, staying available, staying awake to God.

Being watchful is also about staying focused but also about staying sober. Sober mindedness is to keep the fog out and not be be carried away by things that take you away from prayer focus. A vigilant watchman is passionate about keeping watch.

The third one might be the hardest to get. In high church, they call communion or the Lord's supper, the eucharist; which means cup of thanksgiving. Eucharista is the word here for thanksgiving. The one thing we are most thankful for is Christ. Christian prayer is Christ centered and that is the point. Christ has already done the work. Christ is in heaven interceding. The whole Christian life is centered on Christ. We just need to keep this awareness. Taking communion continually is living in the awareness of and being perpetually thankful for Christ and communing with Christ. And we do this together celebrating and partaking in community. The power of your prayers comes from Christ. and you are thankful as you participate in his plan being brought into existence.

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