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This month we are engaging in a devotional study of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Our theme is “Concerning Colossians.”

Today’s message is titled The Purpose of Prayer.

A Pastor was invited to a family’s home for a Sunday meal.

Before anyone says grace, the children start to eat.

The embarrassed mother gives them a quick reprimand, while the children stare in confusion.

The pastor then offers grace in the strained silence.

The mother explains, “we don’t always say race before meals in our house.”

Of course, this is fairly obvious, but the pastor butters his roll and waits, because he knows there is another line to this script.

“We just take it for granted that God knows how grateful we are!”

Why should we pray?

God knows how grateful are.

That’s a given, according to the logic of this mother at the dinner table.

The trouble with this kind of attitude is that it doesn’t stay at the dinner table.

It leaves the table and roams all over the house.

And soon we find ourselves saying, “Why pray at all? God knows all that we need.”

Didn’t Jesus Himself say that God knows all that we need before we ask Him?

But Jesus’ conclusion was, “Therefore, do pray.”

We are to pray in order that we might commune with God and share with Him the most deeply felt needs of our lives.

We are to express to God the gratitude and praise and joy we feel in Him and in salvation.

Paul elaborated on the purpose of prayer in Colossians 4:2-4.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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