Prayers

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During the second week of our Colossians series Rahul gave a message based on Chapter 1:9-14.

We talked about praying Scripture and how that can keep our prayer life from becoming mundane and ordinary. In fact, it can move our prayer life to focus less on us and more on God. So below are some prayers that you can use to help focus your prayer life on our extraordinary God. Let us know how this helps and if it is a blessing to you by contacting us at the bottom of our page or on our Facebook wall. These prayers are written in a community sense with words like “we” and “our” however these prayers can be just used for yourself as well as for others.

Colossians 1:9-14 – A prayer for wisdom

Lord, fill us with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray this in order that we may live a life worthy of you and please you in every way. Through bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you, being strengthened with all power according to your glorious might so that we may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to you, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For you have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son you love, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness of sins.

Ephesians 1:18-23 – A prayer of understanding

Father, we pray that you flood your light into our hearts so that we can understand the confident hope you have given to those you have called, who are rich in your glorious inheritance. We pray that we understand the incredible greatness of your power for us who believe in you. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at your right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. You have put all things under the authority of Christ and made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Amen.

Psalm 25 – A prayer of forgiveness/worry

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for your are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.

Psalm 51 – A prayer for mercy/praise

Oh my Lord, give me Your grace. Be merciful with me. Forgive me for my sins and erase them. I know my sins are sins against You. You know the true me and Your judgement is pure. I have wandered and returned again and again. You know the true me You created so I can’t fool You. Make me new and make me clean. Help me to focus on You in my music, deed, and life! I am human first and Your child second so I know how sinful I can be but You give me a fresh start every time I pray and You don’t ever tire of me. Let me share what I have and am learning with others. Open my mouth to give You praise always and see through my fake and pretentious ways. I know You don’t expect perfection and You recognize and praise all my efforts. Use me to mend myself and others around me and may I always be real through You. Soften and make me more open for You and more approachable for others and may nothing You put before me be scary but always obtainable and always for Your glory. Thank you Lord.

We meet at the BCM on USF's Tampa campus (BPT on campus map) every Thursday at 8pm. Take the A shuttle to the last stop on Sycamore.


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