One of the greatest privileges that a child of God has is the gift of prayer. After the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, we read in the book of Acts that there were 120 disciples gathered together for ten days praying. The Scriptures declare that “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.” (Acts 1:14)
That phrase “with one accord” speaks of how these saints came together as one body to call upon the Name of The Lord. We learn from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church that a vital part of the armor of God is prayer: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
This morning we get to “listen in” to the prayer life of Paul and Timothy for their brothers and sisters in Christ in Colosse (Colossians 1:9-14). Though soundly converted, Paul and Timothy knew that these saints would need their prayers for strength, wisdom, and grace to walk in The Spirit. When we pray for others, we are making a divine deposit into their lives. We are asking our gracious Father to empower, enable, and encourage His children to walk in His will. Even a casual glance at this prayer indicates that we are incapable in and of ourselves to know the will of God and follow Christ apart from God’s quickening.
Thus, as we examine this prayer this morning, may we gather valuable nuggets of divine truths that we can use in prayer deposits for one another. May the grace of God cause us to be a house of prayer for the needs within our church family, but above all, for the glory of God.