Chapter Four, Lesson Three
PRAYING WITH EFFECTIVENESS Page
** Why should we be so intent with our prayers? What is at stake? The
answer comes from the third characteristic of a godly prayerlife - The
Purpose for Prayer. Look closely at this verse, for what does Epaphras
pray on behalf of the Colossians?
3) The Purpose for Prayer - "...that you may stand perfect
and fully assured in all the will of God..." This statement carries
the idea of being complete, mature, persuaded or fully satisfied. Epaphras
shares the same concern for those in Colossae as did Paul, that being
their growth and maturity of faith in an understanding of God's will.
cf. Colossians 1:9, 2:1-4, Ephesians 4:13-14
V.13 ** We have seen the Prerequisite, the Pattern and the Purpose
for Prayer. What gets us started once we have been prepared by God to
pray? The answer is the forth characteristic for a godly prayer life -
"The Prompting for Prayer". What prompted Epaphras to
work so hard on behalf of the Colossians in prayer?
4) The Prompting for Prayer - "...he has a deep concern
for you..." Here again is the selflessness of a bond-servant of
Christ. Like Tychicus from last week (verse 7), the main concern in
the life of Epaphras was not for his own needs, but for the needs of
those he was to shepherd.
Paul was willing to testify on the part of Epaphras, "...for I
bear him witness..."!
** Was the heart of this shepherd limited in its concern for just those
people who lived in Colossae?
No - Our text tells us that he was also concerned "...for those
who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis." All shepherds should be like
this, because that is the example which was set for us by the Good Shepherd,
Jesus Christ. All see John 10:11-15
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