January 15, 2023
Devoted to Prayer
Scripture: Colossians 4: 2 – 6
Almost every Christian knows that prayer is important. Even many unbelievers think prayer is a good thing. Devoting oneself to prayer, however, is a challenge for many people. Nevertheless, this is exactly what Paul instructed the church at Colossae to do as he concluded his letter.
Paul gave an immediate explanation of what he meant by “continue stead fastly in prayer” when he followed up with “being watchful with thanksgiving” (vs 2). Remaining watchful for the “flaming darts of the evil one – Ephesians 6: 16 keeps believers in a posture of prayerful dependence upon God.
Paul then directed the Church to pray for his proclamation of Jesus. Specifically, he needed opportunities (open doors) and God’s help in making sure he proclaimed the mystery of Jesus with clarity. Jesus is the very one who makes prayer possible. Jesus paved the way for prayer to be possible by removing the sin barrier between God and humanity through his death, burial, and resurrection. The Author of Hebrews said it this way: “Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10: 21 – 22). Jesus makes prayer possible, allowing Christians to draw near to God with the confidence that God will hear and act according to His will.
Be devoted to prayer
Pastor Ron & Pastor Darlene Short
Sunday Night Prayer – 7:00 pm Fireside Room
Concerned Persons – Wednesday January 18 and Kings Men Bible Study January 19 are cancelled this week – Pastor Ron attending a “Virtual conference”
Kings Men Breakfast – January 21 will be a Kings Men Prayer meeting at 8:00 am. We are in our month of prayer and fasting. We will meet in the Fireside Room.
Bible Study – Please use rightnowmedia.org
Sunday – Ezekiel 36
Monday – Psalm 100
Tuesday – Lamentation 3
Wednesday – Matthew 5
Thursday – Hebrews 11
Friday – Isaiah 54
Saturday – Proverbs 16
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