PRAYING OFFENSIVELY

Biblical Truth
by Calixto Arce

For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. – Colossians 1:9-12 (HCSB)

In Colossians 1:9-12, Paul is taking the offensive approach to prayer as he pleads to God on behalf of the Christians there. They are doing well in their faith and he thanks God for that. But Paul does not stop there. He goes on the offensive to ask for more while things are going well for them. It’s as if Paul says, “Thank you, Father, that they are doing well, but would you help them by doing this in them also so Your kingdom can grow through them?”

We can learn from Paul’s approach. Instead of just waiting to react to a crisis in our lives to pray, we should pray more offensively. This means that we pray constantly for God to help us keep a good testimony. This means we ask God to help us do things that please Him. This also means we ask God to help us bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and ask God to help us grow.

Let’s remember what Jesus said in Luke 12:32, “…it is the Father’s good pleasure to give [us] the kingdom.” (KJV) So let’s do this! And let’s watch Him advance His kingdom in and through us.

Prayer: Lord, as I look at my life, what could greatly advance Your Kingdom in my situation? Lord, please do more than I could ask or imagine. Let me bear fruit in every good work and increase in my knowledge of You.

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – E. M. Bounds

Engage10K Request: Pray for the Engage10K leadership team and the increasing details its members must handle.