A few days back I wrote a post entitled, ‘Prayer Isn’t Easy‘, in the midst of my preparation for a Sunday morning message on prayer. Yesterday I delivered that message. Based on Colossians 4:2-6, we examined the manner and the aim of the apostle Paul’s prayers. Paul was focused with his prayers. More than that, Paul was focused on God’s priorities when he prayed.
I don’t mean to be unkind when I say that I fear many treat God as a celestial vending machine for which prayer is the currency. The focus can sometimes slip to using prayer to get something from God. I see something different in Paul. I see in Paul an individual who uses prayer to get into God’s plan.
I want that for myself. I want to engage the world and the people around me in a way that honours God. Prayer is my starting point. Of course, I could pray about all sorts of things, which is why I’m so thankful for Paul’s instruction. Paul’s example narrows our focus and encourages us to pray with purpose.
Have a listen. Let me know what you think. What are your priorities when you pray?