by Johnny Hunt

Johnny Hunt
Colossians 1:9-11
May 13, 2001

INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul is writing from a
Roman jail to a people he has never seen. In his
letter he opens his heart to them and tells them that
they are often in his mind and better still, in his
prayers. Realizing the influences of a non-Christian
atmosphere, as in Colosse, he is giving himself
continually to prayer for them, that the Christ-honor
qualities of a Spirit-filled life may be deepened and
strengthened in each of them.

GREAT TRUTH: Every Christian can minister directly to
the spiritual well being of other believers without
seeing or speaking to them. We can play a role in
their spiritual growth, and even secure God's
blessings for them. The amazing means of prayer.

THOUGHT: If anyone is looking forward to seeing the
Apostle Paul in heaven, it is the Colossians. What
stories they will share!

Paul acknowledged the important roles the prayers of
others played in his ministry.

2 Corinthians 1:11, "you also helping together in
prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many
persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us
through many."

Philippians 1:19, "For I know that this will turn out
for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply
of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."

Philemon 22, "But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest
room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I
shall be granted to you."

The Apostle Paul had a deep concern for the Lord's
people. He was not content to know people were saved
and safe for eternity. He so desired for their growth
in God's grace, their enlightenment in divine things,
their apprehension of the will of God and God's
purpose for them. He wished for them the
manifestation of spiritual power as he bows his knees
before the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He was controlled by the earnest desire that each one
should understand the hopes of his ...

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