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Putting Christ Back In Christianity – Part 2

“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).

  1. Does Christ have preeminence in your prayer life?
    1. Paul & Timothy “prayed always” (1:3) – do you?
    2. Paul & Timothy “didn’t cease to pray” (1:9) – do you?
  2. Don’t wait until things go bad before you pray for others!
  3. For what & whom do you pray? Do you cease too soon?

II. IMPACTFUL PRAYER FOCUSES (which we can pray).

  1. To be filled with (and controlled by) the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom & spiritual understanding (v. 9).
    1. 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).
    2. God wants us to be filled with wisdom, which is the proper application of knowledge.
      1. Man’s natural wisdom is often contrary to spiritual wisdom (1Cor. 2:13-14).
      2. Ask God for wisdom in faith (James 1:5-6a).
      3. The fruit of true wisdom (James 3:13-15, 17).
  2. To walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him (v. 10a).
    1. Being fruitful in every good work (v. 10b).
    2. Increasing in the knowledge of God (v. 10c).
    3. Being strengthened with all might (v. 11a).
      1. According to His glorious power (v. 11b).
      2. For all patience and longsuffering with joy (v. 11c) – so that you can hold up and persevere under trials without losing your joy.
    4. Being thankful to the Father (v. 12a; see also 1:3; 2:7; 3:15, 17; 4:2).
      1. For qualifying us to be partakers of the inheritance.

CONCLUSION: Accept The 30-Day Challenge!