May 28 The Content of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:9–13

Key Verse: Colossians 1:9

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

While reading today’s Scripture passage from Colossians, ask yourself: What specific things about Paul’s prayer life made them worthy of inclusion in God’s Word? As you study, you may want to consider this outline of five elements Paul used to keep his prayer life active and fresh:

  1. Paul made specific requests. Instead of using phrases like “God, bless everyone in the world,” Paul prayed for tangible, measurable things, such as patience, strength, and wisdom for specific people.
  2. Paul asked for big, “God-sized” things. Nothing was out of the question for the God of the universe.
  3. His prayers were always Christ-centered. Never selfish, Paul petitioned God with a servant’s heart, demonstrating submission and humility.
  4. His prayers were kingdom-related. Paul’s ultimate goal in prayer always centered on God’s kingdom being increased.
  5. Paul’s prayers brought glory to God. Paul remembered to recognize and give thanks to God for His faithfulness.

How does your prayer life compare with the attributes on this list? Is there an area in which you need strength or improvement? If you are unsure, take time to ask God for specific insight and guidance today.

Lord, I need courage to trust You with the specifics of the needs that are laid on my heart. In sharing the details, let me also seek Your will, not mine.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 155). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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