Prayer and Purpose
For our 24-hour Prayer Experience, we’ll be praying our way through Colossians. At Community, we’ve been studying this crucial letter for the past seven weeks. As we wrap up our series this weekend, we wanted to spend some time praying about the real-life, practical issues the Apostle Paul brings up.
1-Turn off your phone, or if you’re using it to read this blog as a guide for your prayer time, please put it on do not disturb so notifications won’t be distracting you.
2-Begin with asking God to meet you in a special way for the next 30-60 minutes.
Let’s get started!
READ Colossians 1:1-14 (then re-read verse 1:3)
Let’s begin with thanksgiving. Make a list of ten things you’re truly grateful for and as you make the list, thank God for each one. Include your family, our church, and other things as they come to mind.
READ Colossians 1:15-23 (then re-read verse 1:18)
Jesus is in FIRST PLACE of everything!
- Confess areas in your life where you struggle to keep Jesus in His rightful place.
- Ask God for help as you commit each area of your life to Him. Pray through the different areas of your life (family, friendships, work, finances, abilities, service…)
- Also pray through each of our commitments that reflect His Lordship of our lives:
- Every Day with Jesus. Ask God for help as you seek to spend time with Jesus every day in His Word and through prayer.
- Practical Love. Take time to pray for people God has placed on your heart who you know need a relationship with Jesus.
- Intentional Ministry.If you’re already involved on a ministry team, pray for your team. If not, ask God to show you where you can serve.
- Comprehensive Investment. If Jesus is in FIRST PLACE it should show up in the way you invest in His Kingdom with your time, talent and treasure. Thank God for what you have and commit to put Him first in each of these areas.
READ Colossians 1:24—2:5 (then re-read verse 1:28)
Ask God to help us, as a church family, to disciple those God sends us so that we can present everyone mature in Christ. Pray for our LifeGroups and their effectiveness in growing our church families maturity.
READ Colossians 2:6-23 (then re-read verse 2:8)
When people are baptized in their public declaration of their surrender to Jesus, we want them to be protected from false teaching and damaging philosophies. Thank God for His forgiveness and ask Him to guide each person by His Holy Spirit. Ask Him to protect us from becoming slaves to religion instead of being His child.
READ Colossians 3:1-17 (then re-read verse 3:2)
Seek God’s help to keep your heart and mind focused on Him.
Look through the list in verses 5-10 and repent of any sin you are struggling with.
Focus on verses 12-16 and ask God to help you grow in any of these areas where you are needing His help right now.
Read verse 17 one more time and pray about “whatever” you can do to honor Him daily.
READ Colossians 3:18-19
Pray for your marriage, if you are married. Pray for those you know who are married, especially if you know they are struggling.
READ Colossians 3:20-21
Take some time to pray for families. Pray for your own and pray for others as well. Please pray for the ministry we have to families right here at Community.
READ Colossians 3:22—4:1
While we’re not slaves or masters, we can pray for the people we work with. If you’re retired, think back to some of the key relationships you had while on the job and pray for them. If you’re a student, pray for your teachers, staff and classmates.
READ Colossians 4:2-6
Please, please pray for “open doors” to share the Good News throughout this Valley. Think about all the different people you come across in a given week and pray for each one by name as God brings them to your mind.
Ask God to give you wisdom in choosing your words carefully so you can make the most of any opportunity He places before you.
READ Colossians 4:7-18
Thank God for the friends you have at Community. Pray for them by name as you think of those who God has used to bless your life.
“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.
Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”(Colossians 4:2-6 MSG)