Last night we at Feltham Evangelical church, had Paul Fountain from Amyand Park Chapel sharing with us something of the work of the Lord’s grace in Sri Lanka. Further as part of the visit he shared about the word from Colossians 1:9-11:
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, 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,
Here was a message to re-shape our prayer-life and thereby re-shape our lives and our churches. How we need to hear the call to have our priorities in prayer focused on the spiritual welfare of ourselves and others. So often we degenerate away from this priority to all other kinds of often legitimate, but lesser matters and we lose so much as a result. If Feltham Evangelical Church started praying these three verses fervently then surely we will be in a good place (and so would your church).
Here are some thoughts from what Paul preached last night:
- Paul, in Colossians was praying for those he had never met. Do we have a similar inclination to pray widely and beyond our parish.
- His prayers were for what he felt was important; the knowledge of God, spiritual growth and effectiveness.
- Wisdom is “the appropriate implementation of knowledge” (Amy added this). Knowledge is good, but must be worked through wisdom.
- Proverbs 2:1-16 was drawn to our attention. Here we find how wisdom does not just happen, we need to dig and work so that it appears.
- We should be moving into the good works that God has prepared for us.
- Ask each day: “What must I do today?”
- We need to aim high in knowing God.
- There are trials in life, but we need to remember that God is working in them for our good.
- We need to be meditating on Christ. Thereby will see our lives being transformed. He mentioned the profundity of 2 Corinthians 3:18 in this context: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- He recommended: The Glory Of Christ by John Owen (abridged version); see here
- He mentioned the experience of knowing that others are praying for us.
- He mentioned how as we pray we can know joy emerging in our hearts.
- We need to be “praying out” people and issues. Try focusing and praying everything about an issue or person rather than skating over many people and issues briefly
It was a big evening. Oh to live in the good of the message.