Praying Always For You (Colossians #9)

Text: Colossians 1:3

…praying always for you.

Prayer items

  • 1:3 giving thanks
    • What you are thankful for says a lot about your relationship with the Lord.
    • Paul is thankful for their faith, love toward the saints, and hope laid up in heaven.
    • Most professing Christians get more excited about a sports event, a sale, a movie, a celebrity than they do what God is doing.
      • Now, those same folks would philosophically agree that Jesus Christ dying for sins is of greater importance than a baseball game.  But, when the opportunity presents itself to tell someone else about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for their sins or a baseball game, that same churchgoer will choose the game.
      • That’s because those who profess Christianity regularly subject themselves to the world’s influence while denying its influence.
      • Sure we love the Lord, but if you think we’re going to spend more time with a book that we claim to be true and the source of life and light than with our video games and sports, you’re out of your mind.
  • 4:12 …ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
    • This is the prayer that the Colossians would be perfect and complete, so not lacking anything in their service to God.
    • Matthew 19:20 …what lack I yet… Covetousness was robbing this young man of his ability to participate in eternal life.
    • Colossians 2:10 …complete in him…

Continuing in prayer

  • …always…
  • This means the Father’s throne is always available by the Lord Jesus Christ
  • pray without ceasing it means God is listening without ceasing.
  • Veil has been torn down.  The opportunity in Jesus Christ is wide open now.
    • Hebrews 4:15-16
    • The Old Testament illustration of this in the high priest in Exodus 30:1-8.  Jesus Christ is the high priest.
  • Weakness of the flesh
    • Disciples told to pray in the garden so they will not enter into temptation. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
    • Your flesh convinces you prayer is not worth it.

Interceding prayer

  • …for you.
  • Like high priest entering holy place with the names of the tribes of Israel on the breastplate.
  • Dispatch laborers like in Acts with Peter and Cornelius, Paul at Philippi; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he send forth laborers.