Strategic Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

In my last article I talked about how important it is to pray for the effectiveness of your faith and that of those around you. I also showed an example of such prayer in the small letter to Philemon in the Bible.

This time I would like to look at a slightly longer prayer in the Bible and talk about its meaning in your life.

First the prayer:

Colossians 1:9-11

„And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,...“

Paul the Apostle is praying this prayer „without ceasing“. That means, he never considers it „done“. And we must note that this is a church he prays for, a group of believers, who are actually doing well in their faith!

This is a prayer for more effectiveness.

Let’s take it apart a little bit.

1. Paul prays that the Colossians would be filled with ALL wisdom from the Holy Spirit, so that they might know the will, (the plans and the desires) of God.
2. Paul prays that this fullness would lead to a lifestyle that is FULLY pleasing to God and that brings fruit in EVERY good work.
3. Paul prays that the knowledge of God would also always be increasing in them, and that this knowledge would lead to strength and endurance and fullness of joy.

My heart opens when I read phrases such as ALL, EVERY, FULLY.

They remind me that there is always more to have. That There is a fullness to be had in these areas and that this fullness is real and available.

You can pray these things over your own church, over your leaders, over your children or your parents or whomever. And of course, you can pray them over yourself as well.

This kind of prayer will very likely transform your life, because God has placed it in his book to let you know that He wants this for you and that you can ask Him for it.

The forces that stand against your soul do not want you to pray this kind of prayer, because it stands directly against what they want for you, which is for your faith to stay ineffective.

In my next and last article on prayer, I would like to talk about love.

Thomas Schnaars

Thomas Schnaars was born in Walsrode, Germany in 1984. He got deeply transformed by the love of God, when he met Jesus in 2004 in the midst of serious life struggles. Thomas permanently moved to the US in 2011. He currently writes for the RISE Blog, teaches the church periodically and leads the Deeper:Foundations Class. Thomas is married to Brandy Schnaars and has two children, Noah and Riannon.

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