KJV - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving
NLT - Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Continue, Watch, Be Thankful
The command to "watch" is a reminder our prayers are to be of His will, not our desires. I like how A.R. Faussett states this command as "watching against the indolence as to prayer."
There is also a command to be thankful. Essentially, this is an attitude of gratitude. Always, find one thing for which to be grateful: Praise Him for the opportunity to come into His presence through prayer.
Thank You for this day and allowing me the opportunity to serve You.
Today, I seek to give unswerving awareness to You during my prayer time.
I strive to not let my thoughts stray. I choose to focus my heart on Your desires for me. Father, as I seek Your will, show me the purpose of this day.
May I remember to point others to You.
In Jesus' name ~ AMEN.
What does this verse speak to you?