It is one thing to pray for big things in the abstract, but it is another to pray more practical prayers. There is nothing wrong with either.
Sometimes we need hope, encouragement and comfort, and other times we just need to find our car keys that we’ve lost for the hundredth time!
And then there are times where we know where to go and what to do, and we just need the power of God through prayer to get us there!
In Colossians 4:2-6, Paul is asking for prayer to be able to spread the message of Christ to the people EXACTLY as God intends.
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colssians 4:3-4
Remember whenever we speak of Christ in the Spirit, we are fulfilling the will of God. I love how he refers to the Gospel as the “Mystery of Christ”. The concept of God and Jesus and eternal salvation cam be confusing so communicating this in the Spirit allows Paul to “get out of his own way” and let God shine through.
God knows the words we say before we say them.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:4
This is true in our conversation with others, with ourselves and with God. What an awesome and scary thought!
We know that our words are powerful and that our tongue can bring words of life as well as death. (this switch from honey to vinegar can happen in a split second!)
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:9-10
Yes, I know you might be asking yourself, “I thought the words we prayed didn’t matter, God looks at our heart” and you are right, He does look at out heart, but out of our heart are where our words are born.
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
God cares less about our formality in prayer, and more about our humility.
- admitting when we are wrong
- asking for forgiveness
- keeping our pride in check
- asking for help when we need it (including asking for prayer. THIS POST talks more about that)
In our humility we are real, and free to be who we are, and not who we pretend to be. In our realness we can speak truth to others. I love what Paul says here:
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:2-6
Why do we season our food with salt? to bring out the flavor.
When Paul says that our conversations need to be seasoned with salt, that means that our goal is to respond in love, with grace, enhancing who the Spirit has made us to be… our flavor.
In the same way, this is our posture of prayer. Consider Colossians 4:2:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
…..and sprinkle some salt in those prayers!