“PUTTING CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTIANITY – Part 2”
INTRO: Colossians’ theme is The Preeminence (first place in everything) of Christ (1:18). This morning we’re focusing on: The Prayer In Christ (Col. 1:3, 9-12). Our text contains the prayer Paul prayed for the Colossians and that we can pray for ourselves, our loved ones, and our church family.
I. INTRODUCTORY PRAYER QUESTIONS (1:3, 9a; 4:2-4, 12).
- Does Christ have preeminence in your prayer life?
- Paul & Timothy “prayed always” (1:3) – do you?
- Paul & Timothy “didn’t cease to pray” (1:9) – do you?
- Don’t wait until things go bad before you pray for others!
- For what & whom do you pray? Do you cease too soon?
II. IMPACTFUL PRAYER FOCUSES (which we can pray).
- To be filled with (and controlled by) the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom & spiritual understanding (v. 9).
- God wants us to know what His will is (revealed through His Word, His nature, as we seek Him and listen, by experience and the by confirmation of others).
- God wants us to be filled with wisdom, which is the proper application of knowledge.
- Man’s natural wisdom is often contrary to spiritual wisdom (1Cor. 2:13-14).
- Ask God for wisdom in faith (James 1:5-6a).
- The fruit of true wisdom (James 3:13-15, 17).
- To walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him (v. 10a).
- Being fruitful in every good work (v. 10b).
- Increasing in the knowledge of God (v. 10c).
- Being strengthened with all might (v. 11a).
- According to His glorious power (v. 11b).
- For all patience and longsuffering with joy (v. 11c) – so that you can hold up and persevere under trials without losing your joy.
- Being thankful to the Father (v. 12a; see also 1:3; 2:7; 3:15, 17; 4:2).
- For qualifying us to be partakers of the inheritance.
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