by Jerry Branch

Do You Want To Be Part Of The Real 'POWER Team?'
Gerald D. Branch
Colossians 1:11-12

One of the things I love about Expository preaching is that it covers the Whole Counsel of the Word of God...and I never cease to be astonished by how God knows exactly what He needs to tell us, exactly WHEN He needs to tell us...

And here He uses the Apostle Paul once again, who emphasizes PRAYER...and the OUTCOME of Christ-Centered praying. Look first back to verse 9, here the Apostle writes, and says, "We also do not cease to pray for you."

You see...Paul knew firsthand the importance and the POWER which comes out of prayer...Paul's prayers themselves echoed something, that our own prayers MUST also echo...Paul's prayers echoed his own personal passion to communicate with the Father through the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,...and if we'll look at what Paul is saying here, we see that his prayers are echoing now just a passion...but they also echo his own personal knowledge and reliance upon God....Who PROVIDES ALL power and Who provides every single need...Just let this phrase Paul uses, sink in...strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,

The well known, great expository preacher of the turn of the century, Alexander Maclaren, ....a man who was called the "prince of expositors," also noticed Paul's passion in prayer...and as he considered what Paul was saying here in the Word of God, Mclaren noticed something...he saw that there is a DIRECT correlation between the modern man's passion for prayer and that person's devotion to God, and from that, Mclaren wrote, "the freedom and heartiness (or energy) of our prayers for others are a very sharp test of both our devoutness (devotedness) to God and our love to men."

That brings us to a question that we modern day Christians today need to ask ourselves...that question is this..."what are our own prayers really like?"

Do the FREEDOM and ENERGY of our PRAYERS for OTHERS and our CHUR ...

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