The final prayer warrior of the 5 examples that I began writing about is the Apostle Paul. If you are a Gentile Christian then you owe a debt of gratitude to the Apostle Paul’s missionary work among the Gentiles. He was a man on a mission who planted many Christian churches throughout Europe. After planting and growing those churches he began to write letters back to these churches, encouraging them to grow in their faith. From these letters we have a peek into the prayer life of a man who was totally dedicated to serving the Lord by serving the people around him. Let’s read the following verses and see what we can learn.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; (Colossians 1:9-11)
- The Apostle Paul prayed continuously. Paul was a man of prayer and he lived his life “on his knees” so to speak as he did his missionary work. His prayers were not prayers for him or his success but instead his prayers were focused on his disciples, that they will grow.
- The Apostle Paul prayed for specific things (growth) in the lives of his disciples. Many prayers that are prayed for others are broad, general coverings that call mostly for blessings (not defining them). Paul was not like that. His prayers were very specific. He prays that first of all they (his disciples) will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. The knowledge of God’s will is found in the Bible so Paul is praying that they will be good students of the Word of God, learning to understand It so that they can apply it to their lives. They need to grow in their knowledge of the Word of God so that they can walk (live) in a manner worthy of the Lord. It is impossible to live in a way that pleases God if you do not know what God wants from you so you must learn His will (Word) so that you can apply It. Application of the Word leads to growth and fruit.
- The Apostle Paul prayed for fruit in the lives of his disciples. The fruit of knowing God’s Word and applying It brings steadfastness and patience in your life. All people are looking for faithfulness and patience in their lives and God will reward us with those two things but there are two conditions; learn the Word of God and apply It by walking in a manner worthy of the Lord and faithfulness and patience will be the fruit.
What about you my dear friend? Do you pray without ceasing that others will know the will of God? Do you teach others how to grow in the knowledge of Christ through the Scriptures? Do you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and pray for others to do the same? Do you help others walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?