August 27, 2012

A Walk Through Colossians 1:9-14 
Learning to Walk His Way
The apostle Paul opens his letter to the Colossians by praying for them.
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, also since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you.
What reason? What Day? What did he hear?
Read Colossians 1:4-6 to find the answer.
Paul is prompted to pray for these believers from the moment he heard of their acceptance of the truth of the Gospel and their love for and faith in Christ. Paul made it a discipline in his life to pray for others.  It was part of his daily routine and he was passionate about it.
How passionate about prayer are you?
Prayer is one of the primary ways we communicate with God, and when we seek God through prayer we experience His presence and peace. As we praise God in prayer we acknowledge His greatness and we are reminded of who God is. As we thank God we give Him glory for what He has done and acknowledge that He is our supplier. As we ask God in prayer we acknowledge the truth that we are completely dependent upon Him. Basically, prayer helps us focus on God and not ourselves.
So, as you think about prayer and what it does, ask yourself these questions:
Who am I praying for?
Who have I asked to pray for me? 
How important is prayer in my daily life?  
Am I a passionate woman of prayer? 
1 Thessalonians instructs us to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Join us next week as we look at Colossians 1:10 and learn what it means to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will for our lives.
Susan Cady
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