Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Devoted to Prayer

Devoted to Prayer

 

Paul wrote, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.” (Colossians 4:2-3)

Believers in Christ can be devoted to prayer because they are in a position to pray as seen throughout Colossians. In 1:12-14, “…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” In 2:10, “…and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Then 3:9b-10 reveals, “…you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” So, in 4:2-3 believers are in the position to devote themselves to prayer.

In these passages in Colossians, along with position to pray, observe that believers have the power to pray; and believers are instructed to pray being watchful and thankful, and to pray for the spread of the gospel, especially in the face of adversity.

Our position and power to pray are in Christ Jesus. As He prayed, He was blessed in relationship and power in the Father and the Holy Spirit and heaven was opened. “And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:21b-22)

Henry Blackaby wrote, “As Jesus prayed, the Holy Spirit came upon Him with enabling for the ministry that lay ahead, while the Father confirmed His love for His Son…. When we pray, we must remember that God loves us, has plans for us, and will lay his heart over our hearts as we pray.”

As you are devoted to pray in the position and power in Christ with thanksgiving and watchfulness, enjoy the love, direction and the heart of God that will be active in and through your prayers. Ask the Holy Spirit to lay his heart over your heart as you pray with confidence and compassion.

Greg Murphy – Pastor, Pastoral Care and Prayer