Talks for Growing Christians
The Importance that Paul Placed on Prayer
Lesson Number 9
- The nature of prayer is more than serene repose.
- The scope of prayer is more than self interest.
- The content of prayer is more than secular concerns.
- All that you ever need is found in Christ.
- Tell people that you’re praying for them.
- What did Paul mean when he wrote about the great conflict he was in for the believers?
- Which cities were in the tri-city area for which Paul was praying? Had he met all of these believers personally?
- List the three aspects of prayer that can be gleaned from this portion of Scripture.
- Describe the conflict in prayer concerning
a. the flesh
b. the spiritual battle with the forces of evil
- Paul prayed about the spiritual needs of the churches. What were these needs, specifically?
- It means that Paul was in the conflict of prayer. He was concerned that the Colossian believers would be taken in by false teachings in the area.
- Laodicea, Hierapolis and Colosse. No, but he prayed for them being aware of their needs.
- a. the nature of prayer
b. the scope of prayer
c. the content of prayer
- a. the flesh – we tend to be lazy and prayer is work
b. spiritual battle – we wrestle against the forces of evil; it is spiritual warfare
- That their hearts might be comforted and knit in love. He prayed that they would mature and be able to stand against false teachings.
- Is there value in telling others that you are praying for them?
- “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3. Do you really believe this? How does your life reflect this belief?
- If you have not sensed a conflict in your prayer life, consider the reasons. Determine to be more serious in this battle, realizing that true prayer is a conflict (check out the two aspects here—your casualness or perseverance in prayer, and the struggle against spiritual forces of evil).
- Look at your prayer life for others relative to its nature, scope and content. It might help to think of a specific person, and then to jot down your prayer requests for him/her. How can your prayers better fit the biblical pattern of prayer? Are you in the habit of praying primarily for secular needs?
- “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3