A Good Prayer To Pray From Time To Time

I learned a long time ago about the importance of daily prayer in a Christian’s life. There are many daily habits Christians should develop, such as Bible reading, expressing gratitude, showing love, sharing one’s faith, investing in others, etc. But I believe taking 10-30 minutes a day to pray is the most important of all spiritual habits because prayer is a conversation with God which connects us to the presence, peace, and power of the Lord. And praying is something we can do no matter where we are. We could be in a jail cell today and not have a Bible to read, a Christian to fellowship with or a Church to attend, but we could still be in contact with the Lord through the medium of prayer. And being faithful and fervent in prayer changes our lives. Here are some quotes about prayer that have encouraged me over the years.

  • “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer, but I mean these people who take time to pray.” (S. D. Gordon)

  • “The power of prayer can never be overrated. Those who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray, he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Sometimes I like to pray the prayers that are in the Bible. Some of my favorite prayers are the 23rd Psalm, Psalm 51 (when I need to repent of something in my life), the Model Prayer taught by Jesus (Matthew 6:9-13), and the prayers of Paul (Ephesians 1:15-23, Ephesians 3:14-21, Philippians 1:1-11, etc.). One of my favorite prayers is a prayer that was prayed by Paul in Colossians 1:9-12. Here is what Paul prayed for Christians in the first-century city of Colossae.

  • Paul – “We have continued praying for you . . .  We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.  Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need.  May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people who live in the light.” (Colossians 1:9-12 NLT)

As we study Paul’s prayer, we are reminded that our prayers ought to include intercession – we are to constantly be praying for others. In fact, prayer at its best focuses on the needs of others rather than just praying for our needs. We learn in Colossians 1:9 that we are to pray specifically and continually for others. When we pray specifically for others (“We have continued praying for YOU”) it demonstrates that we really care for them. The Bible teaches that we should pray specifically for those we know, and even for those we don’t personally know (i.e, missionaries, prayer concerns of others, tc.). When we pray specifically for others and their needs, we are focusing our prayers and the power and provision of God upon their lives.

We also are to be praying continually for others (“We have CONTINUED praying for you”).  Sometimes we are inclined to pray only once or twice for others. We need to be reminded that “the fervent prayer of righteous men and women avails much” (James 5:16).

In studying this prayer of Paul in Colossians 1, we also discover that our prayers for others ought to include supplication – which means asking specific requests for them. Paul prayed that the Christians in Colossae would know God’s will for their lives (“We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants you to do in your lives”), and that they would access God’s wisdom (“We ask Him to make you wise in spiritual wisdom”). He also prayed that they would appropriate God’s power for their lives (“We pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power”), and that they would experience God’s joy and thanksgiving in their lives (“May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people who live in the light”). Paul knew that when these Christians knew God’s will and lived by God’s wisdom, they would live godly and compassionate lives and would come to “know God better” (Colossians 1:10-11). He also knew that when they experienced God’s power in their lives, they would have the patience and strength to overcome adversity and difficulty in life and be all God wanted them to be and do all the Lord wanted them to do. Thirdly, He knew that when they were “filled with joy” they would be grateful to the Lord for all He had done for them and that this joy and gratefulness would strengthen their lives as well.

As you pray in the coming days, let Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colossae become a model for your prayer time. Assess whether or not you faithfully and fervently pray for others – and then commit to faithfully, specifically and passionately praying for others in the days ahead. Pray the words of Paul’s prayer for the people that the Lord places on your heart (even your Pastor and Church Staff). And pray the words of Paul’s prayer for yourself as well.

When praying for others, one of the things that I regularly pray is that they will experience freedom and victory in their lives – victory over addictions, co-dependency, grief, hurt, sexual trauma, and other trauma in their lives. We taught about the freedom and victory that people can experience with the Lord back on August 28 (click here to hear the sermon). And I’ve discovered that many people at Celebration have experienced victory over those strongholds by participating in Celebrate Recovery services, support groups, and/or step-groups. We have two weekly Celebrate Recovery Services at Celebration. Those services can be found at:

I personally think almost everyone needs to go through Celebrate Recovery at some time so they can experience healing and victory over the hurts, bad habits and hang-ups of their lives.

This Thursday, September 8, I’m going to be speaking at the 19th anniversary of our Celebrate Recovery ministry at Celebration on Airline (6:30 pm), and Pastor Trevor will be speaking on Friday at the Celebration St Bernard/9th Ward Campus in Arabi (7 pm). We would love for you to join us to celebrate what the Lord has done through Celebrate Recovery in the past 19 years at Celebration, and we would love for you to bring friends and family members with you.

Here are a few other Ministry opportunities that you may want to take advantage of.

  • NOCHE CULTURAL will take place on Friday, September 16. This is an opportunity for you to invite your Spanish-speaking friends to come and enjoy the cuisine and festivities from a number of Latin American cultures. It will also give them the opportunity to meet and connect with our Iglesia Celebration Leaders and Members. This event will take place at 2001 Airline Drive, and will begin at 7 pm.

  • Sunday, September 25 is TEAM SUNDAY, where we will participate in Communion together and share about ministry opportunities for members of our Church family. Join us on that Sunday to learn how God can use you to bring encouragement and help to others as you serve Him and them with your time and abilities.

  • Our annual DIFFERENCE-MAKERS CONFERENCE will take place on Saturday, October 15. In this conference we will be learning how the Lord can use us to make a great difference in the lives of others and in the culture and communities around us. The Saturday morning Conference will include teaching by Pastor Mike Haman from Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, helpful break-out trainings, great worship, breakfast and lots of fun. You can register for the DIFFERENCE-MAKERS CONFERENCE at 2022 DMC Registration Link.

This coming Sunday at Celebration we will continue our THE NEXT LEVEL sermon series, where we are learning from Jesus’ words and actions how to move to a next level in our walk with Him and in our influence with others. Be sure to join us in-person or online, and encourage your friends and family members to attend with you.