Wednesday, April 25, 2007

One Another Praying: Moving Beyond "Organ" Recitals

Praying for One Another

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12).

Haven’t you ever thought to yourself, “Lord, how should I pray? I just don’t know how to pray for this person.” As we learn to pray for others, it is great to realize that the prayers in the Bible help us to know how to pray for one another in the body of Christ. They give us tremendous insight into how we can thoroughly intercede for each other and be right on target with our prayers. The Apostle Paul was able to pray for the Colossians without having ever met them in person. We should never think that we don’t know how to pray for another believer. These verses show us how! Today we will be looking at the great prayer of Paul for the church as found in Colossians 1:9-12.

During the recent Easter season, we saw the greatness of Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection! He is our life and message - our everything. He is the answer to every problem and the hope of all mankind. My husband and I recently watched The Passion of the Christ” and were once again deeply touched by all that Jesus went through for each one of us. We must keep Christ at the center of everything. The Apostle Paul was very concerned with the church of Colosse because they had gotten off track. They wanted more than Christ - they had lost their focus. It’s so easy to get out of alignment with what the purpose of life really is. This is one reason we must pray for one another.

“The church in Colosse was in danger of losing its grasp of Christ’s supremacy. Instead of being the integrator of all things, Christ was being integrated into the Colossians’ schemes. Instead of Christ alone, they wanted Christ plus - Christ with supplements. Paul wanted the Colossians to know that Jesus isn’t one of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He isn’t even the greatest of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is the one ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Colossians 2:3).” Prayer Devotional Bible

What to Pray for One Another

“The letter to the Colossians calls us to pray and to do everything in the name of our great Christ. Paul’s prayer for these people is a model of pastoral concern coupled with theological acuity. Paul knows that ideas have far-reaching consequences for good or for bad; there is no idea more determinative of everything else than our understanding of Christ. Our faith, and our prayers, will be as big or as small as our grasp of his greatness.” Prayer Devotional Bible

What kind of prayer should we pray for another Christian? What should we pray for the church in any nation? Pray the following character qualities into the lives of individual believers, your church or the churches in your nation.

  • To be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding - Pray that they would understand what God wants them to do and gain spiritual wisdom from Him.

  • To live a life worthy of the Lord - Pray that their lives would honor God in every aspect of life in the home, workplace, or out in the neighborhood.

  • To please Him in every way - Pray that they would please God always and that they would know how to put their faith into practice by helping others.

  • To bear fruit in every good work - Pray that they would continually do good and kind things to others and that their actions would be fruitful.

  • To grow in the knowledge of God - Pray that they would learn to know God better and better.

  • To be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might - Pray that they would be strengthened within with His mighty power that never ends.

  • To have great endurance and patience - Pray that they would learn to persevere even when it is hard.

  • To joyfully give thanks to the Father - Pray that they would continually walk in God’s joy and learn to be thankful in all circumstances.

Choose five Christians and faithfully pray Colossians 1:9-12 into their lives. You may pick your family members, friends, Christian leaders or anyone in the body of Christ. Realize that when you pray these prayers for someone else, you are praying a powerful Scriptural prayer that will have great effect. God’s Word does not return void, and He loves to answer prayers based on the Bible. I am learning more and more to pray the Bible, and I find it to be extremely helpful on every occasion. When I don’t know how to pray, I pray the Bible. Some other Apostolic prayers in the Bible are Philippians 1:3-4, 8-11, Colossians 1:2-4, 9-12; 4:2-4, 12, I Thessalonians 3:9-12, 5:23-25 and Ephesians 1:15-20, 3:14-21, 6:18-20.

“Prayer is the match that lights the fuse to release the explosive power of the Holy Spirit in the affairs of men."

Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise

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