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Intercession for Others
Colossians 1:9-20
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
In Colossians 1:9-14, Paul speaks about the importance of prayer and gives us examples of what we should pray for others. Prayer moves the hand that holds the world. Because of the blood of Christ, we as Christians can enter the throne room of God boldly and place our requests before His throne. Only God’s children have this privilege and this access to God. Hebrews 10:19-22: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Following is what Paul prayed for the Colossian believers. This provides a wonderful example of how we should pray for others.
• “That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (verse 9). This is an experiential knowledge gained because of our relationship with Christ. This knowledge gives us an accurate perception of His will and an ability to apply His Word to the way we live.
• “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (verse 10). The more we know Him, the more we will want to live to please the Lord. Walking worthy entails our conduct as we live in relation to God and others. This results in our pleasing God, which is our number one priority. Our godly conduct produces fruit in our lives and has a positive affect on others. John 15:8: “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” As our knowledge of God increases, our experiential knowledge grows. We see this in action as we observe mature saints dealing with life’s challenges.
• That ye might be “strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (verse 11). Becoming stronger spiritually prepares us for spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:10-17: “ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Christians often lose sight of the fact that we are in a war with the devil and those he empowers. Because the battle is a spiritual one, we need to be energized and strengthened with God’s power.
• That ye might be thankful to God (verses 12-14: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”)
Why should we be thankful? 
1.  God has prepared us for an inheritance (verse 12). 
2.  God has made us partakers of the inheritance (verse 12). Partakers means we are a part of the family. 
3.  God has delivered us from the power of darkness (verse 13). He has rescued us from the devil’s domain. 
4.  God has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son (verse 13). We are a part of His family and under His rules. Philippians 3:20: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” 
5.  God has redeemed us (verse 14). Christ paid the ransom with His own blood. 1 Peter 1:18-19: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 
6.  God has forgiven our sins (verse 14). Redemption leads to forgiveness. Our account has been paid in full. We are not to keep sinning but are to live for God. He forgave us and made us free, so we can live for Him and serve Him.
Jesus is the physical image of the invisible God. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (verse 15). The incarnation of Jesus is God in flesh. He is the firstborn of every creature. He is first before time and first in priority.
Jesus is the creator of all things. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (verse 16).
Jesus is preeminent or in first place. He is greater than all things. “And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist” (verse 17).
Jesus is the head and the foundation of the church. He is the firstborn from the dead. He is first in time and He is to be first in our lives. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (verse 18).
“For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell” (verse 19). Whatever is in the Father is in the Son. Whatever is in the Son is in the Father.
Jesus has made it possible for us to do things the right way. “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (verse 20). Christians are weak because of not loving God as they should and not giving Him preeminence in their lives. He is to be number one. What are you holding back that keeps you from living totally for God? Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.”