Paul’s Example in Prayer

Chapter 1 of Colossians is rich in the wisdom of prayer: 

  • Verses 1-2.  Deception is the great danger of the church age (1 Peter 4:7)–for which cause, we read of saints–and also, of faithful brethren.  This correlates with Colossians 2, verse 8:  ”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  Therefore, there is cause to pray for every saint, as God directs, as long as we continue in this world:  and this is a constant [deep] prayer that indicates an abiding love for God and the brethren, as evidenced by a willingness to press through every hindrance and form of oppression encountered in prayer (Matthew 11:12; Luke 16:16). 

  • Verses 3-6.  Our confidence in prayer, which is “the incorruptible seed of the word of the living God” and gospel work by which we were saved (1 Peter 1:23)–and as this enduring work bears fruit always in our lives, it is the basis upon which our prayers are both heard and founded–for which cause, Paul “gives thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” upon their behalf.  All prayer begins with an abiding thankfulness for our salvation and the salvation of others.   

  • Verses 3 and 9.  There is a charge of faithfulness in prayer for those whom God has drawn us into relationship with [not only directly, but indirectly through those whom we personally know], and we are commended to follow after the apostolic example.

  • Verse 10.  As these saints walk daily, they need prayer daily; as we prayer for others, others pray for us.  Private and corporate prayer is one of the great evidences of our dependence upon and inter-dependence in Christ.  While we may not pray for every saint every day, we are to daily avail ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit–and for this reason–there is enough evil in every day to require prayer:  “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof,” (Matthew 6:34). 

  • Verses 11-18.  The need for our watchfulness again expressed:  that Christ is the source and enduring power of all things–and that the body of Christ and every member in particular draws strength from the same source–and therefore, the prayerful consideration of one member has a strengthening effect upon the whole body.  Our prayer is always for an increasing dependence upon Christ–for the believer–and the ekklesia.  Nothing builds unity in the body like prayer.    

And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

–Mark 11:17

2 thoughts on “Paul’s Example in Prayer

  1. Amen brother, too few realize the power of appealing to our Lord through prayer. Even just talking to Him and realizing He is right next to us can be encouraging to a disciple. Too often I forgot that even when I pray. Lord, please open my eyes and my heart to your work and purpose.

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