THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 33: The Prayers of Persistence
(Colossians 4: 2 and I Thessalonians 5: 17
Pray without ceasing)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: God often has answered a prayer without our knowledge. Meanwhile some even believe that God seldom answers a prayer. Can you thus pray a sinner and non-believer into Paradise? Can you pray that an alcoholic son or daughter be removed of their addiction or a physical ailment? What of the person prayed for and their responsibility?
“There was once a man and woman who prayed for their children and grand-children to be saved each and every time that went down upon their knees. However they moved closer to Spiritual healing as the physical healing of the loved one went not unnoticed. But when that lost person became saved they moved from the world. As they wrestled with their problems Jesus and His way to Spiritual healing made the rough places smooth.”
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
“There was a man, John who was stubborn in good sense as he went about a daily prayer life, praying without ceasing. In his on-going walk with the Spirit he was blessed. Meanwhile he always prayed for all that he saw and had heard about. However he had troubles as did all that lived upon the earth. But he was able to see tomorrow and days beyond through Christ.”
Beloved as we continue to look to the Bible and the miracle and power of prayer we see the word persistence. Thus we pray regardless of the circumstances and with a sincere heart. We will begin our discussion at Colossians 4. Our primary verse is verse 2 however we will include the verse that follows verse 3. We also suggest that you read and study this entire chapter especially verses 1-6.
Colossians 4: 2-3: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
There are several key words and phrases in this verse. “Continue in prayer.” When one continues in prayer they reveal a life devoted to God and His service. We plan to continue in prayer as we could not make the break of day without God and prayer. The word “watch” here has reference to the concern we have (the disciples) for our own conduct. Those that are responsible and prayerful watch and evaluate their conduct as they petition God for forgiveness daily. Our final word is “thanksgiving.” We are grateful that God renders His loving kindness and mercy to all the saints. Thus we will forever express a heart of thanksgiving because this is an integral part of our prayer life as we thank God daily in our prayers.
We will now note several cross references that will help us to understand more of what the Word reveals here. For the A part of this verse follow us to Luke 18 where Jesus teaches and reveals the prayer of the persistent widow:
Luke 18: 1: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
We never know exactly when a prayer will be answered. Also we often have no idea of how God will answer a prayer. Sometimes the prayer has already been answered. Other times we need to wait. But as always God is in charge and knows what is best for us. Therefore we are to “not too faint.” Meanwhile although our prayer is not answered we continue to pray and not falter. We cannot hurry God. He moves at no time that man calculates.
For a cross reference to the B part of Colossians 4: 2 follow us over to Colossians 2: 7. Here the Apostle Paul teaches about the freedom and new life in Christ.
Colossians 2: 7: “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
When we abide by the rule of obedience in God and Christ we become firmly rooted and grounded in the faith. Thus we are thankful for the opportunity to be in His service.
Now for our final cross reference here. At Ephesians 6 we see the bracket of scripture 18-20 in reference to praying with boldness. We note verse 18 and verse 19 for a cross reference to Colossians 4: 3.
Ephesians 6: 18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:”
This verse no doubt sums up the thought noted at our primary verse taken from Colossians 4:2. Praying always is a general phrase but clearly teaches that a soldier in Christ will always pray without ceasing. He also prays with intensity as noted in supplication. He also comes to the throne of grace in an act of perseverance and patience in the service of Christ. Thus we pray for self and the brethren throughout the land and country.
Colossians 4: 3: “Withal praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:” (Also see I Corinthians 16: 9).
As the saints continue in prayer Paul also needs prayer. We also come to remind you not to solicit the prayers of just anybody. Paul here solicits the prayers of believing brethren. He also does not seek a selfish wish but to help in his service to Christ. As always he seeks an opportunity to speak toward the mystery of the Gospel and Christ. The bonds and chains were upon Paul just as the bonds and chains are placed upon the FreedomJournal. So many Jews and Gentiles during the time of Paul resented his teaching of Christ and the Gospels. This attitude still exists today. Meanwhile there is great blessing in the scriptures as we look back and beyond. We also see this day more clearly and tomorrow is a blessing for those that live and die.
Now follow us back to Ephesians for our cross references noted at the 19 verse of the 6th Division.
Ephesians 6: 19: “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Beloved if Paul and the inspired writer’s needed the prayers of the brethren many other disciples also needed prayer. We need prayer. One cannot over pray. Again we note that Paul was not so much concerned about his personal safety. As a prisoner in Rome he wanted the opportunity to preach the Gospel boldly. It is for certain that when we become locked into His service it is not about self but serving God and Christ to help others. Thus our journey is not a personal journey in the sense of the selfish desires of man. We come to serve to God and in this is a great sacrifice however the rewards are beyond anything man could ever imagine, create, make or promise us.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 25 October 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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