Jubilee Weekly March 13, 2018

“A Prayer That Pleases God”

Colossians 1:9-12

We don’t always know how to pray for each other. In these verses, Paul sets before us how we can pray for each other — and a prayer that God would love to answer.

Before looking at Paul’s prayer in Colossians, let us see what John had to say about our confidence in prayer.

1 John 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And, if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Note: With those words in mind, let us see how Paul says we should pray for each other:

1. Pray that each of us would be filled with knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9 – Let’s ask for spiritual discernment as we seek His will and study His word.

2. Pray that each of us would walk worthy of the Lord. Vs. 10, Let’s ask the Holy Spirit that our conversations, conduct and character would be consistent with the character of Christ.
See 1 Peter 2:9-10

3. Pray that in all our living, our goal would be to please our LORD. Colossians 1:10a. See 1 Corinthians 10:31

4. Pray that each of us would be fruitful in our living and serving. Colossians 1:10b, “Being fruitful in every good work.” Pray that our influence as believers would grow and have an eternal impact on our world. See John 15:4-8

5. Pray that each of us would grow more and more deeply in our intimacy with Him. Colossians 1:10c, “Increasing in the knowledge of God.” See 2 Peter 3:18

6. Pray that each of us be strengthened with all might according to the glorious power of the Holy Spirit. Colossians 1:11
• He wants to empower us.
• Let’s ask Him to do it.
See Isaiah 40:29-31

7. Pray that our lives will consistently give thanks to God that by His grace we have become qualified to be partakers with the saints in His light, Colossians 1:12. See Colossians 4:2-4

I hope you will read each aspect of Paul’s prayer carefully. Be sure to look up each of the scriptures. Meditate on them. Let us pray for each other with the spirit of Paul’s prayer in mind.

Blessings,

Pastor Leonard