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Steadfast In Prayer

apostolic prayers

We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding… Colossians 1:9

We hope you’ve been growing by going through these apostolic prayers and we are praying that your intimacy with God has been deepening. This prayer in Colossians 1 is  packed full of deep insight and we are excited to get into it.

Paul starts out this prayer by expressing how he has not ceased to pray for the other believers. Notice how he does not say that he has prayed for them once or even every now and then. This demonstrates his level of devotion and commitment in prayer, and also reveals his faith that God does truly move through prayer. 

How easy it can be to pray for something for a period of time and then lose that consistency when not seeing a result or simply due to busyness. Later in this letter, Paul exhorts everyone to, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) We are exhorting you to do the same. 

We’ve mentioned this before, but we want to point out again that Paul’s prayers do not consist of only asking for material blessings, but even amidst many physical trials, he sees the greater need for people to grow in their spiritual relationship with God and new identity in Christ. 

In the face of difficult circumstances, do you pray for God to shape you spiritually to walk through those situations more like Christ?

In the blogs ahead, we will be unpacking other truths from this prayer. We think the insight to be steadfast and constant in prayer, as well as having the mindset of spiritual development in your prayer life is important enough to stand alone.