Praying Paul’s Prayer

November 19, 2008 at 11:39 am | Posted in It's All About God, Prayer, Worship | Leave a comment
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Colossians 1:9-12.  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”  I haven’t written many devotional journal entries lately.  In part this is due to busyness and in part due to having very few profound thoughts in my devotions and study.  However, I have had some great prayer times, as I’ve used Paul’s prayers for the churches as patterns to follow in my own prayers for others.  Praying the Bible – God’s own words back to him – is a great devotional tool for many who, like me, are not prayer warriors.  I especially like the Psalms for this exercise – like my prayer for the election winners.  But this week, I used this Colossians prayer for my family and our church staff.  One might notice, in it, the theme of our ministry to others coming from God’s ministry to us.  (Their “bearing fruit in every good work” is a result of God’s filling his people with “knowledge of his will through spiritual wisdom and understanding.”)  That is the same theme I’ve emphasized with our staff and in these pages in recent weeks.  I also noticed that this prayer is a God-centered prayer.  It recognizes that life is all about God and makes no greedy self-centered requests.  It’s a great prayer.  Try using it as a prayer guide for your friends, family and church leaders.

Later in the day I read this passage and put this note in my journal:  
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.  Here is another of Paul’s prayers to emulate in our prayer lives.  “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 
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