There are many reasons to pray of course. But there are two reason I see very distinctly in Col. 4:2-4
Col. 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
– We pray because it’s in prayer that we begin to “see” with Spiritual eyes and heart. The Devil’s tactics and wiles are unseen and unfelt without the power of the Holy Spirit within us. It is by the Spirit we are given the ability and “vision” to see his wiles. And receive instruction in how to combat these tactics. The Lord has made us warriors to fight the battle of Christ against the Devil in our personal walks with Him. However, we must enter into the presence of walking with the Living Christ. Only His armour is sufficient for this battle.
Col. 4:3 …that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”
After we have received grace and understanding of how to overcome, Christ will give us a Word to others on how to also fight and WIN this battle against the Devil. The devil walks around seeking whom he may devour. He is also no respecter of persons. He will take down any and all. There is no mercy with him, or forgiveness. He is through and through evil. I like to think of Keith Green’s song, “Dear John Letter”, when I think of how evil the devil is. Keith calls this the Dear John Letter, because he’s writing a letter to the Devil. Sometimes it is good to tell the Devil off, he deserves nothing else. It is good for our faith and soul to see him as clearly as the enemy, that we owe him nothing. He knows how and when to get us. He knows more about our downfalls than I think we do! But the Lord sees it all, and knows it all. Hence, the reason we should stay so in tune and connected with Jesus, so He can constantly keep us in tune with what the devil is doing. Eph. 5:18 also says to be “alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” So not only in word, but in prayer for the saints to also overcome the Enemy.
This is no reason to fear, but instead gives us insight and special grace of how to overcome. The Lord makes the way easy and the burden Light, but if we ignore the Lord, He will also ignore us and will withold this grace from us. Then we will fall into the pit of dispair and be as the Enemy is to the Lord.