Wrestle in Prayer for All Those in Your Crew

Colossians 4:6, 8, 12, 17—Prayers for the Church

Wrestle in Prayer for All Those in Your Crew
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. Epaphras is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.
(Colossians 4:6, 8, 12, 17)

Lord, bless me to make the most of every opportunity, be it at work, at home, or among the crew when we assemble to worship you. Let my conversation always be full of grace and seasoned with salt. Your salt is truth and good for the preserving of our soul. Your grace is love and good for preserving our hope in you. May I in all ways at all times offer your grace mixed with your truth. When I do this, I will know how to answer everyone.

Lord, may I send prayers, words, and others to my brothers and sisters for the exact purpose of encouraging their hearts. When I send words of encouragement, I water the seed others have sown. May my words nourish and nurture the hearts of those who hear my voice and read what I write.

Lord, may I always wrestle in prayer for all those in our crew, in my family, and community. May I pray on their behalf that they may stand firm in ALL your will and remain mature and fully assured of the hope we have in you.

Lord, may I see to it that I complete the work I have received from you. 

Amen and amen. 

Pray for Open Doors

Colossians 4:2-4 — Prayers for the Church

Pray for Open Doors 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. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. (Colossians 4:2-4)

Lord, bless me to be devoted to prayer, for this is the key to hearing from you—for receiving instructions for how to live a god-filled life. 

Bless me to be watchful in all matters.

Bless me to be thankful at all times.

Bless me to be humble enough to ask for prayers from others.

Bless me to be bold enough to pray for those in need with your confidence, peace, and faith.

Bless me to ask for open doors where I might proclaim your good news, truth, love, grace, and mercy. 

Bless me to boldly proclaim the mystery of Christ and all the words of my Lord and savior Jesus, his father, and my God—and that I do so clearly.  

This is as it should be. This is your will. 

Amen and amen.

May Our Work Be a Worship Offering

Colossians 3:23-25—Prayers for the Church

May Our Work Be a Worship OfferingWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. (Colossians 3:23-25)

Lord, may all my work be a worship offering to you. Bless me in all ways to have in mind what you desire and work with all my heart as though serving you. 

Bless me to work as though working to receive my inheritance from you, not men. It is you I serve. 

Should I do wrong, I expect to be paid in kind, for you do not show favoritism, but treat all men and women equal.

Praise Jesus, even when we do wrong, if we turn and confess, you are merciful to forgive us. Though our sins may leave a legacy of consequences, covered by your blood and in your righteousness, when we confess our sins, we no longer need to live in shame. 

Thank you Lord, that you do not hold our sins against us, but desire we live free of sin and in peace with you. 

Amen and amen.

I Am A New Person In Jesus

Colossians 3:1-10—Prayers for the Church

I Be A New Person In Jesus—A Prayer fer Each Member of Yer ChurchSet your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. You must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since 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.

Lord, bless me to set my heart on the things above the mast, not on what I can see around me. Bless me to set my mind on things above the spreaders, not on the waves of troubles that bash the bow of this vessel. 

Please fill me afresh with your Spirit so that your Spirt will put to death whatever belongs to my earthly nature. This includes sexual immorality, moral filth, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which be idolatry. Because of these your wrath comes upon us.

Lord, I once walked in the ways of the flesh, but now I walk in you and with you. For this reason I beg you to remove from me all anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy talk, and lying.

I am a new person in you. I am being renewed in the knowledge and image of the Creator, our Father. Give me your eyes to see my circumstances from a heavenly perspective. 

Amen and amen. 

Lord, Bless Me That I Might Love My Wife With the Same Love You Have for Her

Colossians 3:19, Ephesians 5:25-33, Genesis 2:21-24 — Prayers for the Church

Lord, Bless Me That I Might Love My Wife With the Same Love You Have for Her

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19)
A Prayer for Your Marriage: Lord, bless me to love my wife with the same love you have for her. This is not only fitting, but fits me perfectly. Bless me to be kind, compassionate, gentle, and patient with my wife.
May I refuse to use my strength in ways that hurt her. In the same way I love my life, bless me to lay down my life for my wife. May I give my all for her.
I have passed from death into life through water and your word and thus am made holy in Christ. In this way may I be the example of Jesus to my wife. Bless me to present my wife as radiant, without blemish, without stain, wrinkle, or any bruises or scars.
She is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. We are wonderfully made as one flesh, knitted together by you in a holy mystery created by your will. Bless us to remain in each other’s arms until death pulls us apart. Amen.

Lord, Do Not Allow Me To Lose Connection With the Head

Colossians 2:6-20—Prayers for the Church

Lord, Do Not Allow Me Ter Lose Connection With the HeadAs you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. (Colossians 2:6-20)

Lord, do not allow me to lose connection with the Head, which is you.

And do not let anyone judge me by the basic principles of the world. The basic principles of the world lack value in restraining sensual indulgences (Colossians 2:23). Only your perfect Spirit can transform me and keep me pure.

Should I find myself among sinners, does that mean I promote sin? That you promote sin? Absolutely not!

I have died with you. It is no longer me who lives in this shell of this body, but you living in me (Galatians 2:20). I now consider myself dead to the basic principles of this old world (Colossians 2:20).

Your very life serves as my example, for you ate with sinners and yet you never participated in sin. In fact, you warned those you met to stop sinning.

“You are well again,” you said to a recovering invalid. “Now, stop sinning.” (John 5:14)

“I do not condemn you,” you declared. “Go and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11)

Like the Twelve and all others who called themselves your followers, we are called to meet folks where they are and introduce them to you. And should some seek to sin right before our eyes, may we do as did and our Father does and turn away from such wicked acts. For as you say:

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” (Habakkuk 1:13)

Lord, may I always welcome sinners with the love you have for me, but never invite sin into my heart, my home, or my relationships.

Lord, may I seek to behold your glory. Well I know that in doing so I will be transformed into your image one degree at a time, for this change can only come from yer Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).

And if I gaze upon sin, be it live in the flesh around me, in words told to me, or in images crafted by wicked desires, well I know I will be changed by another spirit, one that is unclean and unholy.

By my actions I either confirm that you live in me or I prove that I have no part of you (Romans 6:1-2). Your Spirit convicts me of my sins (John 16:8–11). And once I stand convicted, I must either confess with my mouth and repent—agreeing with my Father that my sin is an affront to him—or go my own way into darkness that leads to destruction and death.

In all ways at all times may I remain connected to the head, my Lord, for in you is life to the full.

And I can always use a heaping helping more of that sort of getting ahead. 

Amen and amen.

Christ Desires to Greet, Eat, and Meet With Our Church—Will We Let Him In?

Colossians 1:25-29— Prayers for the Church

Christ Desires to Greet, Eat, and Meet With Our Church—Will We Let Him In? Colossians 1:25-29

I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:25-29)

Lord, I am struggling for those at _________. My purpose is that they be encouraged in heart and united in love. May those at _________ have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know Christ, for in him is hidden all the treasures and wisdom and knowledge of the Father.

Lord, may no one at _________ be deceived by fine-sounding arguments. May we stand firm in our faith in you.

The faithful and true witness, the Amen, the ruler of the Father’s creation, knows our deeds. He says of us,You are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other. But because you are lukewarm I am about to vomit you out of my mouth. I rebuke those I love. I discipline those I love in order that they repent earnestly. I am standing outside _________ this very moment, knocking. If anyone hears my voice, please open the door. I wish to come into _________ and greet, eat, and meet with you.” (Revelation 3:14-20)

Lord, my our passion for you, your words, and your character burn within us. Bless us to be on fire for you. This is your will and your desire for all who walk in discipleship with you. 

Amen and amen.