Summary: This sermon discusses intercessory requests that can change the life of the one interceded for.
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?
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
a – This refers to a habitual and purposeful intercession on
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
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
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