Scripture: Read Colossians chapters 1 and 2 looking for how it all fits together.
Paul opens by telling them how earnest he is to pray for them (1:3,9). You can see how serious he is about using the believer’s authority through prayer. He is living out the very instructions he gave the church at Ephesus regarding their struggle against demonic influences, for he concludes, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and…be on the alert” (Eph. 6:18).
Two things happen as we join Christ in praying for our family, our friends, our church, our city: (1) Christ’s authority is spoken into real-life situations, and (2) such prayer keeps us spiritually alert.
How does Paul pray for these new believers? Re-read Colossians 1:9-10. In other words, go to school on how he prays. I receive his prayers into my own life, and they teach me how important it is to pray for God’s will in others.
Notice how “the Father has qualified you” to live in “the kingdom of His beloved Son” (1:12-13), and then notice how the devil tries to use subtle schemes to “disqualify you” in Colossians 2:18. We live in a war zone, and we, the church, are His soldiers.
There is a calling upon your life to pray. This is part of your stewardship.
1. How do you think God wants to use you in prayer? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Are you making sufficient time in the early mornings for God to use you in prayer? _______________________
What are your thoughts about this? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Do you have a prayer partner? ___________ How is this working? ____________________
4. What might you read that would help you pray more effectively? _________________________________________________________________________________
My favorite is Andrew Murray’s Waiting On God.
• Thank God for calling you to a ministry of praying His will on earth.
• Spend a few moments sitting still and letting Father tend your soul.
• Rejoice this morning in your weaknesses so that Christ’ power will pour through your life.
• Now surrender to the Holy Spirit to use you in praying for others.