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Prayer Warrior (23 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
God communicates with us through is word which has been written down for us to read. We communicate with God through prayer. Prayer is asking God for his help. It is asking him to do something that you cannot do or to change something you cannot change. W.S. Bowden ''Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence.''
Almost everyone prays when things are out of their control. We pray because someone is sick or has cancer or there is a life or death situation. We pray because of evil or famine or war. Even if someone does not have a personal relationship with God they pray believing God has the ability to change things.
John Bunyan wrote, ''You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.'' In other words, prayer is the first thing we should do not the last thing we should do after we have tried everything else.
God wants us to pray first which shows our dependence on him. Praying acknowledges we need God's help and we trust him.
Paul faithfully prayed for the believers in the churches he founded. He began this letter to the Colossians by saying he was praying for they would become strong believers (1:3).
As a result of his emphasis on prayer those who ministered with him also prayed for the believers. One example of a prayer warrior was Epaphras who was with Paul in Rome while he was under house arrest. Because he was 900 miles away from the believers in Colossae he could not see them, but he could pray for them.
Intercessory prayer is praying for the needs others. Oswald Chambers said, ''Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we are praying.'' It is asking God to encourage them or strengthen their faith which is what Paul prayed for the Colossians in the beginning of the letter (1:9). FAITHFUL IN ...
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