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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prayer. Colossians 1:9-13. May 28 2020

“ For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Colossians 1:9

Reading Colossians 1 i noted that many of Paul’s prayers are found in the Scriptures. I wonder if God would use my prayers as part of His holy Word. Then I began to think about Paul’s prayers and why they are in the Word of God.

I noted five things that made his prayers so powerful and fresh and alive.

1. Paul made very specific requests. He never would say “ God bless everyone in the world”. His prayers were always specific and he would pray that way.

2. He asked for big things. Things that only God could do. Nothing was too big for his God.

3. His prayers were always focused on Christ. He did not point to himself nor was he selfish. He had a servants heart and he demonstrated humility over and over again.

4. His prayers were always kingdom related. His goal was always that God’s Kingdom would increase.

5. His prayers brought glory to God He always thanked God for His faithfulness.

Then I looked at my prayers compared to Paul’s. I see so many areas that I can improve on. How about you? Let’s ask God to help us in our prayer life. Pray that we might seek His will and not our own. Pray specifically and trust God with the needs that HE lays on your heart.
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