Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)
Have you ever been cooking something, operating a machine, or working on a project that required some repeated attention? It may have been that you were preparing some food, and once you started the process you needed to continue stirring or turning something over to make sure the food was prepared properly. You might be working with some machinery that needs repeated attention once you start its operation to be sure everything is working correctly, or if you just started a project you may need to recheck what you did to be able to have things turn our right.
Prayer is simply talking to God and the Bible has a lot to say about prayer. We can talk to God about what He has shown us in the Bible that has been provided for us through Jesus. This kind of prayer can be called the prayer of faith. We see what God's Word says, we ask in faith according to what God has said, and we expect results. But, this prayer of faith does not always bring instant results and that is where we need to be watchful, or vigilant, with our prayers. The word "vigilant" used here in Colossians 4 can also be translated as watchful, watching, and keeping watch.
After we have talked to God about something according to His Word, we keep watch over what we have prayed, we are vigilant about our prayers, through giving thanks. Once we have prayed and asked we do not need to keep on asking, but we should continue to give thanks to God for the answer. This helps us to keep our faith active as we thank God for His answering our prayer rather than complain and wonder when we will see the results we desire. The next time you pray in faith for something God has promised in His Word, keep a watch over your prayers by giving thanks that God is faithful and the results are forthcoming.