Colossians 4:2…”Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” This verse contains an admonition to diligent, thankful prayer, which at first glance seems to be an instruction on how we are to be as Christians in relation to God. Indeed, it is true that one of the marks of the believer is the resolve to pray at all times (Eph. 6:18), that is, in all circumstances; nevertheless, John Chrysostom notes how even the call to pray operates in relation to those who are not a part of the Lord’s people: “The devil knows, yes he knows, how great a good prayer is” (ACCNT 9, p. 54). We must be diligent in prayer because it is one of the most powerful weapons we have for tearing down the Enemy’s strongholds. How much stronger would the church be when facing its adversaries if it prayed according to the will of God, asking the Lord to show forth His power and grace on the behalf of His people (James 4:2b–3)?
Job 1:22…”In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job was a man of God, but had everything taken as a test of his faith. The discontent and impatient will charge God with folly when things don’t go well. Against these tendencies Job carefully watched; and we need to as well, acknowledging that God is much wiser than us. We will grow in spiritual maturity when we submit to Him, enjoying His sovereign reign, and trusting that trials are for our spiritual benefit (James 1:2-4).