Learning from Apostle Paul the power prayer that will change lives for the glory of God. Is prayer about money, status and material possessions? Read on to find out what was in the heart of Paul. Remember that this was written in a prison cell to the beloved church in Colosse. In prison at that time, Paul has got no freedom to visit all the churches he planted but he has a powerful resource made available to him and that is prayer. This resource is available to us also as believers in Jesus Christ. Pray for our loved ones, associates and friends. Name them individually in your prayers. Pray and Believe! Be encouraged as God is still in the business of change and transformation.
Scripture Passage : Colossians 1:9-14 (NIV)
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I. Sermon Introduction:
How do you respond when people ask you to pray for them? Do you know how to lift them up before the Lord? In the first chapter of Colossians, the apostle Paul has given us a powerful model for intercession. We can have confidence that God will answer this life-changing and transforming biblical prayer.
A. Power To RESCUE :
The prayer in Colossians 1:9-14 has the power to rescue someone from all kinds of difficulty, hardship, and destruction. Pray and intercede with confidence for your family members, colleagues, friends, associates by name.
B. Message : Pray and Ask God that the person would . . .
1. “Be filled with the knowledge of His will” (v. 9). Every believer needs to know the Lord’s specific plans for his or her life. As a parent, give your children freedom to follow their heavenly Father’s best for their lives.
2. “In all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (v. 9). Ask God to help them walk in a manner worthy of Christ’s name. As believers, our conversation, character, and conduct should reveal our obedience to God.
3. “Bearing fruit in every good work” (v. 10). Christians should have an eternal influence on our world. As we obey God, He makes our lives fruitful.
4. “Increasing in the knowledge of God” (v. 10). A believer should grow closer and closer to the Lord over time. On a practical level, that means we should study the Bible, apply what we learn, and observe what happens when we obey or disobey God.
5. “Strengthened with all power” (v. 11). Pray that the other person will experience the power of God in his or her daily life. The Lord loves it when we realize our helplessness and cry out for His supernatural strength.
6. “Joyously giving thanks to the Father” (vv. 11-12). This request has to do with the person’s attitude. God wants us to meet life with thankfulness, trusting Him in the midst of hardship. He brings good out of suffering and deepens our character.
Colossians 1 gives us a model that we can pray for anyone, no matter how young or old a person is, no matter how stubborn they are. Commit yourself to intercede consistently for the family and others, and believe that God will work in their lives. Before we became a “born-again” believer, someone must have prayed for us. We are the fruits of the prayers of the saints. God will make a way! BELIEVE! DO NOT GIVE UP!