Paul’s Heart to Pray

What specific prayers are you praying for your family and closest friends? If you’re a mom, do you know what your children are struggling with right now? Do you know their deepest desires and longings?

Are you interceding for them in prayer for specific areas of spiritual growth?

If you’re married, what about your husband—do you pray for his protection from evil? Do you know the details of his day so you can stop at critical times to pray for him? Do you have prayers from Scripture that you’ve memorized and applied specifically to his needs?

Perhaps you’re single and childless— you can still serve others as a prayer warrior. Pray for the children in your church, for your extended family, for your pastor and spiritual leaders, for ministries around the globe, for our nation, for revival.

There is always a LOT to pray for! And Scripture informs me how to pray specifically.

One thing that has stood out to me as significant as we’ve studied the book of Colossians—Paul places great emphasis on prayer! And since we know that Paul was actually writing a “God-breathed” message, then we know that God places a great emphasis on prayer!

Pray before you begin and ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight and understanding as you read chapter four again and then work on the questions below.

  1. Go back through the book of Colossians and note every time a reference is made to praying. How many times did you find?
  1. In Col. 4:2, Paul gives a word of encouragement for the Colossians to “continue steadfastly in prayer.” What does this phrasing indicate about this group of believers?
  1. There are at least four elements involved with prayer that Paul mentions in verses 2–4, what are they? What is the significance of these?
  1. What do you think is involved with “being watchful” in prayer? (See 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:18)
  1. What is Paul asking for the Colossians to specifically pray for him? What similarities do you see in this section (Col. 4:2–4) and his instructions in Eph. 6:10–20?
  1. What do you need to pray for today? How can you lift up strategic intercession?

If you’re new to the blog and you’re interested in learning more about prayer, I hope you’ll check out the posts on prayer that you’ll find in the archives. Also, if you haven’t seen the movie “War Room” you’ve got to see it!

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