Praying with Paul

Of the many prayers recorded in scripture, Colossians 1.5-12 contains my favorite “outline” to pray for myself, my family, my friends and co-workers, and many others.

It begins with Paul saying “we haven’t stopped praying for you.” Convicts me as I remember people for whom I’ve not prayed, and wonder how many people I’ve told “I’ll be praying for you” and fail to follow through.

Then come specific requests:

  • He asks “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”
  • That prayer helps us “walk worthy” of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him”
  • Part of that pleasing is we are “bearing fruit in every good work”
  • And even as we bear fruit we are “growing in the knowledge of God”
  • Which allows us to be “strengthened with power according to His glorious might”
  • Which will give us “great endurance and patience
  • So we may “joyfully give thanks to the Father…”

There it is…covers a lot of bases…and thus I often pray it for myself and others.

Perhaps it would be of help to you in your times of prayer?

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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