“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you…” Colossians 1:3.

When I was a boy, I was taught that prayer was closing my eyes, folding my hands and listening as the Sunday school teacher asked God to make us behave ourselves during class. As an adult, I understand that prayer is talking with God; however, having prayer become more than just a customary undertaking can still be a bit of a challenge at times.

Paul said that he was “praying always”. How could he do that? He understood the wonderful privilege we have in prayer when we come to the throne of heaven and speak to the Almighty, Sovereign God of all creation. Paul realized that God wants us to come and fellowship with Him, even in the little things. He recognized the despair this life offers without the hope of heaven, so that is where Paul set his face.

Take comfort, look up, and set your gaze toward heaven! Know that no matter where, and no matter when, the God of Heaven hears your cries. Pray!