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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three

V.12 (cont'd.)

** 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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