‘For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;’ — Colossians 1:9
Paul was a busy man. He spent his entire life travelling, witnessing, writing, discipling and serving the Lord. Yet, like the Lord Jesus, he gave a high priority to prayer. We know this from the emphasis given to prayer in His letters, including writing down the content of several of His prayers, like the one in Colossians 1.
Without going into all the content of this prayer or others, which would, no doubt, be an excellent study in itself, one lesson we can take away from Paul is the need to prioritise prayer. Prayer does not have to be long, but prayer does need to be direct, frequent, Biblical, and bold.
Often the thought of spending hours agonizing in prayer intimidates us from doing any real praying. Instead, let us learn from Paul the Apostles to pray frequently, pray directly and to pray for Biblical and spiritual things in the lives of ourselves and others.
Without the Lord, we can do nothing. We must abide in Him to bring forth fruit. But, as we abide in Him and His words abide in us, then we can ask what we will and it will be done (John 15:7).