As we’ve been studying Colossians, we’ve seen that the theme of the book is the supremacy of Christ. I would say that there is also an underlying theme that serves as the foundational process found in the book. That theme is: “the dependency of mankind on the supremacy of Christ.” And because of our dependency, prayer is that necessary component and process that is stressed throughout Paul’s writings, not just in Colossians, but in all of his letters.
I want to encourage you to use this study as an opportunity to cultivate a more robust prayer life. Watch for opportunities to pray with others. Be intentional in setting aside times of prayer, even setting an alarm as a “prayer reminder” throughout the day.
My husband and I, with a few people from our church family, had the opportunity to join a group of about 350 people as we “took prayer to the streets” last week. A few believers who are burdened for the civil servants in our city sent out an invitation for churches to come together at the police station and the courthouse to pray for those who serve in the police force and those who serve in the Sherriff’s department.
The horrific violence that is permeating our nation seems to have awakened a few individuals to the need to cry out to God.
The explosive conflicts surrounding us highlight the need for God’s intervention. We are a people that need to be reminded of our dependence on our Maker. We are a people in great darkness and there is a great need for a nationwide revival. We need to pray. We need God to display His mercy and power.
Fourteen years ago today our nation woke up to the gravity of our situation and cried out to God for help. But the cry for God’s help didn’t last long. People have chosen to live independently from Him. The truth is, we need God more desperately than ever. May God orchestrate a mighty prayer movement across this nation!
There is a tangible sense of God’s power and presence when God’s people come together to pray—it’s kind of unexplainable.
Here we were, many of us strangers to one another, standing on the streets and sidewalks surrounding a public building, calling out to God to work in our city, to protect our public servants, to bring racial unity through the power of the gospel, and most especially to bring revival. We experienced an unearthly sense of unity as we joined together in Jesus’ name.
We were a bit of a public spectacle. And that’s a good thing.
Later that day we learned that apparently believers from across the country were doing the same thing in their cities. The Spirit of God stirred individuals in different parts of the country to set aside time for public prayer and invited others to participate.
Has our study of Colossians stirred your heart to be more intentional in your prayer life? Will you pause now and join me in asking God to raise up prayer warriors in our nation, to wake up the church to the need to intercede, to establish our churches as “houses of prayer,” to bring revival? If you’re not sure what I mean when I talk about “revival” please click on this link and check out what I’m asking God to do for His glory!
Monday, we’ll continue working our way through Colossians chapter 2. If you haven’t had a chance to answer the questions from this week’s blog posts, I hope you’ll click back to read those and answer the questions.