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A Leader's Prayer

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Introduction

Imagine you are tutoring a group of 3rd graders in 3rd grade math. As you are helping them, what would you thank the teacher for? What would you ask the teacher for?
Tonight we are going to start a series where we read and study the whole book of Colossians together. In the very opening of the letter, we see what Paul prays to God as he is tutoring the Colossian believers in the faith. Let’s see what he was thankful for and what he asked for.

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Colossians 1:1–12 CSB
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother: To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters. Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s grace. You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit. 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, being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
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Background information:
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Who Wrote it?
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Thanksgiving for Faith

Paul and co-laborers thank God for the faith of the Colossians.
They say that it is traveling and growing all over the world.
Epaphras was the one faithful to take the message to the people of Colossae.
Are you thankful for the faith of someone in your life? Who and why?

Prayer for Spiritual Maturity

Filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
Filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
so that they may walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing to Him
Bearing fruit
Growing in knowledge of God
How does growing in knowledge of God help you become more mature in your faith?
Strengthened according to God’s might
so that you may have great endurance and patience
Joyfully giving thanks to the Father for salvation
How does joyfully giving thanks to the Father for your salvation help you become more mature in your faith?

Conclusion

Pray Paul’s prayer over the students.

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