Colossians 4:2
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Here we find the apostle speaking on prayer. Prayer is something that is not just for us, but for the sake of others. In devoting yourself to prayer the apostle says a person should be able to focus their attention on God by having an alert mind. Distractions should be put out of the way so that time with God will be uninterrupted. Prayer should always be done with a thankful heart, knowing God will fulfill his promises.

There are jobs in this world that demand a persons complete attention. The person cannot for one second take their eyes off the task or their life will be at risk. For instance those who work with cutting machinery need to remember at all times where the blade is in relation to the material. Iron workers keep their eyes on the hot materials to make sure it does not come in contact with them. Those working under the guidance of a crane lifting heavy materials have to be alert at all times. And yet while people watch carefully the things which may affect their life, they do not always keep alert in their prayers; or devote themselves to guarding their life, their family, and their friends with prayer. Prayer is the greatest resource in our life. It keeps us in contact with God. It opens our hearts to minister to others. It asks for safety for our family. And most of all it lets us ask for salvation from God. How devoted are you in your prayers? Are you always thankful for what God brings, even if it’s not what you expected? Pray God would help you to understand His blessings with a thankful heart. Pray when you can communicate with God and give Him your full attention. Love the Lord for what he has done for you.