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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three

PRAYING WITH EFFECTIVENESS            Page 6
V.18 (cont'd.)

** What does Paul want his readers to remember in their times of prayer?

His imprisonment for the cause of Christ. (Colossians 4:3)

** Even though he is in prison, what does he want for all of his readers?

That they would receive the grace of God! Paul is an amazingly selfless man, who only wants the best for every believer.

EXTRICATE

** Today we learned God's program for prayer from the life of Epaphras. Do you recall the four characteristics of a godly prayerlife which would teach us how to be "Praying with Effectiveness"?

1) The Prerequisite for Prayer - "...a bondslave of Jesus Christ..."
2) The Pattern for Prayer - "...always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers..."
3) The Purpose for Prayer - "...that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God..."
4) The Prompting for Prayer - "...he has a deep concern for you..."

DELINEATE

** Are you lacking in any of those four areas? If you are, what did we learn from Paul's instruction to Archippus which could help us?

We need to fulfill our ministry (even our ministry of prayer), because we have received it from our Lord Jesus Christ.

EVALUATE

** Where did Demas go wrong in his walk with Christ?

He looked back and loved this world.

ACTIVATE

** We have learned so much in this wonderful epistle, may this study be remembered by our "Praying with Effectiveness" according to God's program for prayer.

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