Sermon preached on Villa Morra Baptist Church on August 22, 2004, 19.00 (Regular church evening service)
(2) Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (3) At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison– (4) that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
(Colossians 4:2-4, ESV)
Introduction: There are a lot of messages and studies on prayer, but what about a down-to-earth, practical advice? Paul gives this kind of advice in this brief text on his Letter to the Colossians.
- Prayer is a habit, v.2
- Requires steadfastness, perseverance, commitment.
- Requires being watchful, i.e., with full dedication.
- Requires an attitude of thankfulness.
- Intercession should not be missing from prayer, v. 3
- Intercession –praying for— is the door to God’s power.
- Intercession should be always linked to the proclamation of the mystery of Christ.
- Remember that you should always intercede for your pastors and spiritual leaders.
- Prayer is always practical, vss. 3 and 4
- Prayer is always concerned with practical matters.
- It should always refer to our daily lives.
- It should always give us orientation for our living.
Conclusion: It is not easy to develop a prayer life. But prayer is the oxygen of the body of Christ. Let us pray that we might show Christ’s victory to this troubled world by our life of prayer.