Life Changing Prayer
I’m sure we have all received phone calls asking us to pray for a friend or a relative who needs the Lord Jesus to intervene in a situation. Most often those closest to the emergency or situation begins the chain reaction of calling others and asking others to pray for the situation. This type of intercessory prayer is needed but there is another type of intercessory prayer that is needed even more today. The most needed type of intercessory prayer that I need and all of need is the prayer for spiritual growth in the Lord Jesus. Please read Colossians 1:9-14. After Paul thanks God for the Colossian believers faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all the saints because of the hope laid up for them in heaven, he transitions to interceding for them that they would be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that they could live life in such a way that they would be fully pleasing to the Lord. There are many Churches here in Columbia County, but just imagine with me for a moment, imagine for every person who has responded to Christ Jesus and has been born again, if we started praying for ourselves and the Church to grow spiritually in the Lord Jesus so that the Holy Spirit actually is able to bear his fruit through your life and the life of the Church. A person needs to know that their life is actually changed and transformed by the power of God at work through the Spirit of God at work through the word of God. If a person does not spend time in the Word of God on a daily basis, reading through the Bible systematically, praying through asking the Lord to transform them by what they have read there will be no life change. We can pray for a revival all we want but if we are not submitting ourselves to the Lord Jesus, the revival that we will experience will be man made and not the Lord. When a person encounters the resurrected Lord Jesus there is no fence riding- a person either repents of their sin or continues to rebel and suffer the consequences. If we prayed the same prayer asking God to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that we can be fruit-bearing believers that live life in such a way that the Lord Jesus is happy with us can you imagine what the Lord Jesus may do in and through your life? Praying this prayer straight from the Scriptures will bring about a progressive transformation in your life that others will see Jesus and not the old you. If you want to know what I am asking the Lord Jesus to do in his Church at First Baptist Lake City, just read this passage of Scripture. I want to challenge you to pray this passage of Scripture for yourself and your family and watch how the Lord Jesus answers.