Epaphras - An Example of Praying and Believing in the Preeminence All Sufficiency of Jesus (Colossians 4:12-18)Gus Gill, May 26, 2019
Part of the Colossians series
Colossians 4: 12-18; 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10.
1. Learning to pray that our lives will make a greater difference for His
kingdom. A powerful prayer of an ordinary man . 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10.
Application- Four profound principles of prayer.
1. Praying for God’s blessings in your life. “ Oh that You would bless
A. Asking for supernatural favor. James 1: 16-18.
B. Living by God’s grace. Proverbs 10: 22; Psalm 5: 11-12.
2. Praying that God would give you a greater impact in His kingdom.
“ that you would enlarge my territory- border...”
A. Asking to touch more lives for Jesus.
3. Praying for more of God’s presence and power in your life. “ and
that Your hand might be with me...”
A. It means more dependence- each day matters. Psalm 90: 11-12.
B. God’s hand- the touch of greatness. Zechariah 4: 6.
4. Praying that God would keep us from temptation and the evil one.
“ and that You might keep me from harm that it may not pain me...”
A. 1 Peter 5: 6-11; Revelation 12: 9-11.
And the results: “ and God granted him what he requested.”
12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 16And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. (KJV)
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