9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f]to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12.
The apostle Paul was a man of prayer and understood the power of faithful, unceasing prayer. The Lord used him to write a majority of the New Testament. The Lord used him to establish many church throughout the first century of the church age. But the apostle Paul understood that if he was to accomplish all that God called him to it would require unceasing prayer.
Many of the prayers that are listed in the New Testament can be used as models of things that we can pray for one another. As we lift one another up in prayer in the body of Christ we can pray that we would be filled with wisdom, understanding, revelation, knowledge, endurance, strength, patience, joy, love, peace, and God’s presence.
The Lord has called us to be a house of prayer. Nothing happens without God’s people praying. The Lord chooses to use us and when He desires to move in the earth, He will move on the hearts of His sons and daughters to come before Him in intercession.
If we look at the world around us today we see that there are many challenges that face the body of Christ. We may have an attitude like the spies who spied out the promise land and see the challenges we face as giants that cannot be overcome. But we must have an attitude and perspective like that of Joshua and Caleb who saw the promise land and the promises that God had for His people. Joshua and Caleb understood that they served the true Living God and nothing is able to stand before Him.
One of the great tactics of the enemy is to try to overwhelm God’s people with fear and discouragement to the point of us becoming paralyzed and failing to approach the place of prayer. But prayer is an act of faith. We are told in God’s word to come boldly to the throne of grace with confidence and to pray without ceasing. We are told to pray in the Spirit on all occasions. Over and over again the Lord is calling His people to pray.
Many have a desire to see a another great awakening and revival. But all revival and awakening are is God’s people simply walking in obedience. If we will draw near to Him, then He will draw near to us. We are to walk in obedience to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who instructs us on what way we should go and how we should do things.
God desires to move greatly in the earth and what He is simply seeking is those who will faithfully pray when He moves upon their heart. His return is very soon and there is much to be done. Let us not sleep and slumber at this time in history, let us be vigilant and diligent in the place of prayer. Let us not allow discouragement and doubt to guide our actions. Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus and simply follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Great things are ahead for the body of Christ.