Monday, August 17, 2015

COLOSSIANS—How to Pray

Paul opens his letter to the Colossians with a common greeting, stating who wrote the letter. 

He then writes about his prayer for these believers. 


This prayer is instructive for those of us who have come after, wanting to learn how to pray for others.

Finding where the prayer begins is not too difficult, in that he states it very plainly in verse 9. Discovering the end of the prayer is quite another challenge, especially with the KJV.

Most other versions, regardless of their format, end the prayer with verse 14. Verse 15 then begins Paul's argument for the pre-eminence of Christ in contrast to the teachings the people of Colossae were receiving.

Actually, as we take a look at Paul's prayer, we shall see that he was making a subtle attack against the false teachers, not wanting to give place to the devil for one moment (Gal. 2:5).

You can read (hopefully you already have) the prayer here: Col. 1:9-14. Hover over the blue letters and the passage should pop up on your screen.

Paul prays—

  • they be filled with the knowledge of his will
    • in all wisdom
    • all spiritual understanding
  • so they can walk worthy of the Lord
    • by being fruitful in good works
    • increasing in the knowledge of God
  • strengthened with all might
    • according to his glorious power
      • to all patience
      • to all longsuffering with joyfulness
  • giving thanks to the Father who has
    • made us partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light
    • delivered us from the power of darkness
    • translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son in whom
      • we have redemption through his blood
        • which is the forgiveness of sins.
Could we not use this outline as a model when we pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord? What would it hurt?

Often, when someone asks us to pray for them, there are things going on in their life that some of the aspects mentioned here could well be what they need.

Has anyone ever asked you to pray—

  • that they could be sure of God's will in something?
  • that they could be more loving?
  • that they could overcome some besetting sin?
  • that they would have more patience?
  • that they could have more joy?
It is all here in this prayer.
Will you remember to pray this for them the next time you are asked?

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