THE CHARACTER OF PRAYER – PART 2

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

 

In the verses of Colossians 1:9-12, we have one of the fullest, deepest and most precious of Paul’s prayers. Paul has combined both thought and experience, in giving us a revelation of the Christian life. From it we learn lessons for us today. The first lesson is given in the words of Bishop Moule: “Beware of untheological devotion”. In other words, if devotion is to be real, it should be characterised by thought. Our devotional times do not mean times when there is no thought given to what we are doing. Meditation is not something abstract. If genuine thought and equally genuine theology do not characterise our times of devotion, we lose out on some of the most precious opportunities of grace and blessing. We must beware of “untheological devotion”. We must also beware of “undevotional theology”. A hard, dry, intellectual study of theology will produce no spiritual fruit in our lives. Having all the accuracy in the knowledge of Greek, carefully balancing all the aspects of Truth, and all the doctrines of the New Testament, are essential and valuable, but if these are not infused by a spirit of devotion, they will fail. It is the heart, touched and transformed by the Holy Spirit, that makes a theologian; otherwise we will have a theology that does not spring from a Holy-Spirit-filled life, leading to deadness. When our devotions are theological, and our theology is devotional, we begin to realise the true being, blessing and power of the Christian life and we will go from grace to grace.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, may my theology and devotional life lead to great blessings.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

By the power of Your Holy Spirit, Lord, may our devotions be theological, and our theology devotional, so that we realise the true being, blessing and power of the Christian life, going from grace to grace. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Isaiah 45:22-25

 

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