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Summary: This sermon discusses intercessory requests that can change the life of the one interceded for.

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ETS: The Apostle had a very special prayer for the Colossians.

ESS: Effective intercessory prayer is specific in its requests.

OSS: Believers will use this Biblical model for intercession.

PQ: How do I pray intercessorily for others?

UW: Requests

INTRODUCTION:

A – This prayer was for other believers.

1 – Why should we intercede for other believers?

a – Because Jesus intercedes for us.

(ROM 8:34) “Who is the one who condemns? Christ

Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been

raised; He also is at the right hand of God and

intercedes for us.”

(HEB 7:25) “Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.”

b – Because the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.

(ROM 8:26-27) “In the same way the Spirit also joins

to help in our weakness, because we do not know what

to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself

intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He

who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set,

because He intercedes for the saints according to the

will of God.”

B – This intercession was made on a continuing basis.

1 – Paul made unceasing intercession for the Colossian

Believers.

a – This refers to a habitual and purposeful intercession on

their behalf.

b – It was Paul’s practice to continually engage in

intercessory prayer for fellow believers.

1. He prayed for the Roman believers (Rom 1:9-10) “For God, whom I serve with my spirit in /telling/ the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you, always asking in my prayers…”

2. He prayed for the Corinthian believers

(I Cor. 1:4-8).

3. He prayed for the Ephesian believers

(Eph. 1:15-23).

4. He prayed for the Philippian believers (Phil. 1:3-11).

5. He prayed for the Thessalonican believers

(I Thess. 1:2-10).

6. He prayed for Timothy, and Philemon

(2 Tim. 1:3-7 ) “I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day.”

(Philemon 4-7) “I mention you in my prayers…that your participation in the faith may become effective…”

C – How can we intercede more effectively for fellow

believers?

1 – In this text, Paul helps us by sharing some requests we can

make for one another that will definitely get results.

I – FILLED WITH KNOWLEDGE (v. 9).

A – Of the will of God.

1 – Pray that He will give them an insatiable desire to search out

the will of God for their lives.

a – Create a hunger for the Word of God.

(Mt 5:6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for

righteousness, because they will be filled.”

b – Completely tuned – in to the Holy Spirit.

2 – Any man who truly seeks the will of God will find it

(Matt. 7:7). “Keep asking, and it will be given to you.

Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking,

and the door will be opened to you.”

B – How to apply His knowledge.

1 – Pray that God will give wisdom in applying what God

reveals through the ministries of the Word and the Holy


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