david santistevan


Proactive vs. Reactive Prayer

This past Sunday the worship team at APC began a study through the book of Colossians. I love our 15 minute devos on Sunday morning. Without it, I think we can get too song & music driven. It’s a healthy reminder that worship is about the presence of God and loving Jesus faithfully.

We started out with Colossians 1:1-14 and diagrammed Paul’s opening prayer to the Colossian church. Here’s what he prayed:

  • That they would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom & understanding
  • That they would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
  • That they would be fully pleasing to God
  • That they would bear fruit in every good work
  • That they would increase in the knowledge of God
  • That they would be strengthened with God’s power for endurance & patience with joy
  • That they would give thanks to God

When you pray, do you pray like this for others? To be honest, Paul’s prayer here put me to shame. I tend to be REACTIVE in my prayer life: something happens to me so I go to God to bail me out. Or I simply resort to the wimpy “God, bless this food,” “Keep me safe,” “Help us have a good time” (what?), type prayers.

What if we were more PROACTIVE in our prayer lives? What if we prayed for each other as Paul prayed for his churches? I was challenged and this is what I challenged my team in.

What about you? Are you more proactive or reactive?


August 17, 2010 - Posted by | Theology, Worship

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