SCRIPTURE READING: Colossians 1:9–14
KEY VERSE: Hebrews 10:19
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.
A striking feature of Paul’s prayers is their sheer power. He was a gifted evangelist with a mastery of language that God used to capture intense spiritual truth. His prayers serve as models of how you can approach God in prayer with the boldness and confidence that are yours because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Paul’s prayers dealt with issues and ideas that would bring victory in any situation. In Colossians 1:9 (NASB), he asked for the believers of the Colossian church to “be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
You need the Lord’s infinite and exacting wisdom every moment of your life, and asking God to fill your heart and mind with wisdom means consciously acknowledging that you need Him. This prayer is so rock-solid because it is based in part on a promise of wisdom in James 1:5, and praying from the basis of God’s promises is an excellent way to be sure that you ask Him for something within His purposes.
Paul’s whole motivation for requesting wisdom and power from God was the glorification of Jesus: “So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10 NASB).
You don’t have to settle for timid requests. You can pray within the privilege of your eternal position as a beloved one in Christ.
Father, give me power in prayer. Give me boldness in place of timidity. Make me a warrior in the spiritual realm.
Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 303). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.