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A Heart-Felt Prayer (2 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Last week we looked at the first eight verses of the
chapter, as Paul began by acknowledging his calling from the Lord. He then commends the faithful brethren at Colossae, thanking God for them (vs.3).
a. Paul was thankful for the strong faith demonstrated by these fellow believers. This was a very difficult time in church history for one to live out his faith before others. There was much persecution.
2. We also listened to Paul encourage them about heaven,
"For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven..." (vs.5a). What does the song say? "Heaven will surely be worth it all." How very true.
3. This evening we will take a look at (vv. 9-11), as we
consider Paul's "Heart-felt prayer." I have three points. Paul's prayer was for...
I. The Knowledge of His Will
II. The Willingness to Walk Worthy
III. The Strength of His Might
I. THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL (VS.9)
1. Note the very first part of (vs.9), "For this cause also,
since the day we heard it..." For what cause? For the cause and things mentioned in the first eight verses. Paul was excited about the Colossian Christians--their strong faith, their love for the brethren, and their zeal for sharing the gospel:
a. He is saying, "Since we heard this about you, we determined to pray the more earnestly that you might be filled with the 'knowledge His will.'" He was excited, wasn't He? If you want to excite your preacher, let him find you faithful to the Lord.
1) Paul was saying, "we have something now--
something we can work with. You have demonstrated exceptional behavior in your Christian faith...but there is more, much more, I want you to know. And when you begin to learn the 'other things' God wants you to know, you will be overwhelmed."
2. The more a person learns about God and His will for his
life, the more he will be overwhelmed. I would dare ...
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