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The Power of Prayer

“I’ve been praying for you!” When you tell me that, it is one of the most encouraging and meaningful things you can share. For one thing, I know it is God directing your heart to intercede for me, and that means a lot! It is encouraging to know that you care enough to set aside time to pray, but it is especially encouraging because we know that prayer is a means of spiritual warfare, so you’re telling me that you’re willing to go into battle for my sake and more importantly, for the sake of God’s glory filling the earth!

Paul often shared with believers the fact that he was praying for them. And it sounds like his prayers were pretty consistent and intense. Notice as we study Colossians together how often prayer is mentioned.

I hope you joined us as we are studying Colossians together. On Monday I gave you some information that provides context for this letter. I hope you’ll look at that post to get some background information on this book but also read this post to see the approach we’ll be taking in studying this book.

Yesterday, we started digging into Chapter 1, so click back over to yesterday’s post if you missed out!

Pull out your Bible and read through Colossians 1 before answering the questions below. Spend some time in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to teach you as you study. I hope you used a good commentary or Study Bible to answer the context questions, but put away your study helps for now as you dig in and read Colossians 1 and answer the questions just using your Bible.

We’ll pick up the commentaries to check our answers later, but for now—dig it out yourself from the Word!

Look up the Scripture references and answer the questions below.

  1. What significant action of prayer does Paul mention in v. 9 that gives us some direction for intercession?
  1. What things is Paul asking God to do in the lives of those he is praying for?
  1. What do you think it means to be “filled with the knowledge of His will?”
  1. List the four descriptions found in verse 10. How are these related to the believer’s growth (“increasing in the knowledge of God”)?
  1. How is the believer strengthened according to verse 11? What is the purpose for that empowering? What should we choose to cultivate as we grow in endurance and patience?
  1. How are we “qualified” to receive the inheritance mentioned in v. 12? Read Romans 8:15–18 and Eph. 1:3–20 to gain a greater appreciation for what is involved in this inheritance.

Did anything in today’s study encourage you? I’m so thankful for the opportunity to know God more intimately through studying His message to us from this book.

Praying this for you, dear reader:

[box]“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Col. 1:11–12)[/box]

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2 Comments

  • Pauline Butler

    God has not only saved us but He has also made every provision for us to know Him and His will. He has given us everything we need to live victoriously in Christ Jesus. Even the struggles/trials are His loving provision to build us up and to bring forth fruit for His glory. Recognizing and meditating upon His great love, grace and mercy towards me leads to a heart of praise and thanksgiving which always brings joy.

    This study continues to encourage me to pray on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ and to give thanks to God for them and the work He is doing in their lives. Praying for you and thanking God for the good work He is doing in and through your life, Kim.