THE CHARACTER OF PRAYER – PART 1

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.”        Colossians 1:9 NIV

 

We have seen what Paul desired for the Christians in Colossae, and thus we have learnt some deep secrets of Christian living. Let us take notice of the characteristics of this prayer so that our prayers may be guided and inspired by power. Paul’s prayer was urgent – “since the day we heard”. From the moment Epaphras brough news of the Christian life in Colossae, Paul’s heart went up to the Lord in prayer. Paul’s prayer was incessant – “we have not stopped praying for you”. Again and again, he asked, and kept on asking, so fully was his heart drawn out in prayer for these Christians who he had never met. His prayer was intense – “we continually ask God”. This was no mere lip service. Paul’s heart had been stirred to its core by the news of the Christian life in Colossae, as he heard of their faith, their love, their hope, their holiness, their service, a deep longing desire came over Paul to seek a fuller and deeper blessing on their behalf. What a person Paul was, and what prayers his were! Paul’s prayer was also offered in fellowship with others – “since the day we heard”. United prayer is one of the greatest powers in the Christian Church. Personal prayer is precious, united prayer is still more powerful. Has your heart been stirred by Paul’s prayers so that your personal prayer life has been refreshed, and your desire for united prayer rekindled?

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, rekindle my prayer life so that it is like that of the Apostle Paul.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Holy Spirit, rekindle my personal prayer life so that it is like that of the Apostle Paul, and give me a yearning for united prayer within the life of the church where I worship each Sunday. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 11:25-30

 

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