Raise Your Prayer Sights – Constant Prayer
But his upbeat emphasis is on evangelism, discipling, and prayer. In this paragraph (and a parallel one, Colossians 4:24) he lets his readers know why intercessory prayer is vital.
Interact with God’s Word
- How can anyone pray at all times?
- How does the Holy Spirit empower your prayers?
- Are you praying for the growth of Christians you know?
- How can you pray for believers around the world?
- What two qualities did Paul single out (in. v. 18) as key in intercessory prayer?
- Why do you think these qualities are essential?
- What two prayer requests did Paul present for his own ministry?
- What lesson is there for us in what Paul did not request prayer for?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God for the resolve to be alert and persistent in your prayer life, experiencing His power working on behalf of believers both nearby and at a distance.
18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. 19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words as I boldly explain God’s secret plan that the Good News is for the Gentiles, too. 20 I am in chains now for preaching this message as God’s ambassador. But pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.