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Understanding Pauls Prayer
2/11/2014

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-4 (NKJV)

It has been said, “The greatest use of one's speech is prayer and worship.”   I fully agree with this statement, because it is during these times when we are able to speak with our Lord and we can come in union with Him, and acknowledge who He is in our life. 

Looking at the Book of Colossians, we can see a great example by the Apostle Paul, as he seeks to share his witness of Jesus Christ with those in the church.  I find it remarkable for a couple of reasons.  First, Paul wanted to share the gospel, even though he was writing from a prison in Rome and could not be there in person.  He hadn’t even met these people face-to-face, yet he still was writing letters to share in ministry.

The power contained within Paul’s letters is of the Holy Spirit, as they bring life and freedom to those who willingly receive them into their hearts.  When we choose to speak about what God has done in our lives, our words are filled with an amazing power.  Perhaps you have shared with someone about your experience in the Lord and have found yourself becoming very bold, and your story had an effect on the people that heard it.

I know there is something resonating within me as I think about how God saved me.  So I simply have to answer the question each day, “How will I live in a way honoring to God today?”  I know if I get up in the morning putting my sights upon my personal wants then this will be my goal, as I set out to act upon these desires.  The problem is when I am doing this I will miss the opportunities to serve others and to focus on their needs.

The second example we can glean from these verses in Colossians here is this—Paul never asked for them to pray for his release from prison, he asked for them to pray for God to open a door for the Gospel message, and for him to be able to proclaim it clearly.  Paul’s emphasis wasn’t for his own safety; it was on the great commission of sharing the Gospel message.  And this is what God has told us to be focusing on as well (Mark 16:15).

Paul gives instruction in these verses to “continue earnestly,” to be “vigilant,” and to be “thankful.”  These are key for us to note, as we too, should be devoted in our prayer life; watchful in seeing God answering them, and thankful when we see our prayers answered.  Our devotion to prayer should come from our belief in our petitions being God’s will, and in our faith of His answering (1 John 5:14-15).  But our faith should never be hindered when our prayers are answered slowly because God’s timing is perfect. 

It is important for us to be thankful in prayer.  All too often, I see those “bah humbug” type Christians who have their heads hung low, kind of like Eeyore on a Winnie the Pooh cartoon.  Or perhaps they act like Grumpy—one of the seven Dwarfs.   We need to be thankful in all things, knowing God is in control and being confident in His perfect plan for our lives. 

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to unleash the power of prayer through the Holy Spirit.  Pray for others!  Pray for the Lord's wisdom to share the Gospel.  Be persistent, be watchful, and be thankful.  Be used by God and be blessed.

STUDY QUESTION: How did Paul encourage the Colossians to pray?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you seen times in the past where you have been selfish, complacent and unthankful when it comes to your prayers? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s seek the Lord about everything.   Let’s make Jesus our best friend, discussing every matter with Him in prayer.  Let’s make a list of things we can pray for other people.  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your faithfulness, mercy and grace upon our lives.  We humbly seek Your will for our lives this day, and we praise You for giving us another day to serve You.  May our actions bring glory to Your name.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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