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November 25 - Prayer Points (Colossians 1:9-14)

Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.

Jon Goforth will continue teaching on the doctrine of man in the Adult 1 classroom. 

Worship Songs

Come Praise and Glorify

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

The Gospel Song

Jesus You are Worthy

His Mercy is More

Colossians 1:9-14

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified youto share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Summary

In this letter to the church in Colossae, Paul puts forth a model prayer for how believers should pray for one another. The content of his prayer is challenging because he does not fill it with requests to God to make present physical realities better; rather, he prays for the believers at Colossae to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. What is the result of asking for one to be filled with the knowledge of God? It leads to walking in a manner worthy of God by bearing fruit in every good work and being strengthened to endure the struggles of this life. This prayer for being filled with the knowledge of God culminates in the final result of believers joyfully giving thanks to God who has sovereignly acted to deliver His people from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son! 

Review and Apply

What is the content of my prayers? 

Where would you start with encouraging a fellow believer to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?

Am I imbalanced on placing an emphasis on either knowledge of God or practical religion?

What are some ways that I can increase in the knowledge of God?  

How regular are my moments of thankfulness to God for the salvation he Has provided in Christ? 

Who should I pray this prayer for regularly over the next week, month, or year?