Formulate Your Own Prayer with Paul’s Example
In chapter one of The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians, we see a godly example of prayer on the behalf of the body of Christ. This particular prayer grew out of a desire to see the Colossian brethren grow and mature in the faith.
As Paul and Timothy labored in prayer, their regard for the Colossians and their spiritual needs gave them purpose and direction.
Following the format of their prayer will aid us in praying for our beloved brethren.
- Give thanks to God.
Verse 3 begins with thankfulness to God for what He has already done in the lives of the believers.
2. Daily intercession and supplication is a must.
In verses 9-12, we learn that Paul and Timothy ceased not to pray. They were committed to the task of prayer for the spiritual needs of others.
This was not a general prayer, but one with detailed petitions. We will discover what those petitions were as we do the exercise below.
4. Give thanks to God. In verse 12, these men began sharing their thankfulness to God and to their brethren for what God had and was presently doing in and through their lives.
1. What did Paul and Timothy desire for the Colossian brethren?
Paul and Timothy prayed and desired. Their desires became a list of specific requests.
List these requests given in verses 9-12 separately.
For example: a) that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding b) that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing c) that you would be fruitful in every good work, etc.
2. Add your own requests to the list above.
You may sense other spiritual needs of the individual or group that you are praying for. Add these to your list.
3. Use your list to form the body of your prayer.
After listing the specific requests, use your list to create a prayer. You may be specific for individuals, a spouse, or for your church family as a whole.
Lord, help me to pray for my brother (or sister) in Christ. I pray that he would be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Help him to walk worthy of You. May he be pleasing in Your sight. May he be fruitful in every good work that he tries to accomplish. Increase his knowledge of You. Strengthen him with all might according to Your glorious power unto patience and longsuffering. Give him a joyful attitude and countenance.
4. Give thanks. Use the rest of the chapter to help you with your list of thanks.
Paul and Timothy recorded a list of things for which they were thankful to God. That list begins in verse 12.
You may use the rest of the chapter to make your own list of things for which you are thankful.
5. Use your list of thanks to form the ending of your prayer.
Don’t forget to give God thanks for the work that He is doing in the lives of those for whom you are praying and for the work He is doing in your life also.
I hope this prayer exercise has helped you to formulate your own prayer. However, no prayer is answered until it is prayed. So keep your prayer handy and use it to help you as you grow in your prayer life.