Sunday, May 19, 2019AM Service
A Mindset for Prayer
Speaker: Brian Arnold
Passage: Colossians 4:2
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Today’s passage, Colossians 4:2, will can help us cultivate new convictions for a more robust prayer life. The Apostle Paul will give us three mindsets that drive a faithful prayer life.

  1. Commitment (Devoted/Steadfast)
    • Prayer is simply petitioning toward God.
    • The commitment to prayer is not a suggestion, but an actual command in God’s word.
    • Commitment means to be strong, stand-ready, and be faithful to pray in all times and at all costs.
    • The Apostle Paul calls us to an unwavering commitment and requires us to be unshakeable.
    • The implications of this command include:
      • Being driven to prayer by conviction, not by feelings. Christians desire to be obedient and please the Lord.
      • A commitment to prayer means that we are sacrificial in it, because we are tempted to prioritize so many other things in life before prayer.
      • A commitment to prayer requires discipline, strategy, and planning.
      • In the act of praying, humility is required. We are unworthy beggars asking God for His favor and asking Him to condition us to accept His will no matter what the outcome is.
  2. Alertness (The manner of our prayer or our heart-attitude in prayer)
    • Alertness is being watchful, awake, attentive, and not negligent.
    • Why must we be alert and expectant?
      • We are eager for Christ’s second coming.
      • Alert for the attacks of spiritual enemies seeking to destroy.
      • Alert and sober-minded of our tendency to be sinful. Alert to battle against the things that so easily entangle us.
      • Alert to faithfully carry out the commands of God.
      • Alert to stand firm in the faith against false teaching and lies.
    • In our alertness, we must guard against being lulled asleep, since we are in a spiritual war against spiritual forces.
    • Being alert means we recognize that our time is short.
    • Alertness means we exercise active and continual faith in God’s Word.
    • Evaluate yourself and ask:
      • Am I distracted or preoccupied?
      • What is my pattern in prayer? What must I change to be committed and alert?
    • Further passages for study:
      • Romans 13:12
      • 2 Timothy 3:1-5
      • Ephesians 6:10-18.  
  3. Faith (Only with faith can have an attitude of thankfulness)
    • Faith and thankfulness relate to our alertness.
    • Only with faith, when facing pressure, can a believer put his or her faith in God and rest in His sovereign care.
      • He will never fail us.
      • His Word will never fail.
      • He can always trust His sovereignty and promises.
      • With faith, we have a settled confidence as we trust in Him.
    • We must always be thankful that He gives us strength, wisdom, and Gospel opportunities.
    • We are thankful and trusting in God’s very plan for our life, despite the ongoing uncertainty and need for His providential care.
    • Be alert to reject the opposite of faith or temptations for unbelief:
      • Being consumed with fear or worry
      • Self-pity or anger in a trial
      • Compromised convictions under pressure
      • Bitterness or jealousy when prayers are not answered the way we desire.