A prayer for the church
In the book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul prays a beautiful prayer for the church. As I read and studied this prayer, I found myself thinking that this is exactly what is needed today. If there was ever a time we need to be praying, it is now. Take some time this week and read Colossians 1:9-14. As you do, make this your prayer for the church.
In Paul’s prayer, there are three things we must do. First, we must recognize God’s will. At the beginning of the prayer, Paul prays that we would know the fullness of God’s will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. If you look at the original translation of this prayer, what Paul is really saying is, “I am praying that you will be completely filled and completely controlled by a deep and thorough knowledge of God’s will. In other words, what consumes us, controls us. Think for a moment about what has been consuming your mind lately? If there was ever a time we need to focus on the truth from God’s Word, it is now. I like to say that if we want to be controlled by the will of God, we must be consumed with the Word of God. Let us pray for one another to be filled with spiritual wisdom and understanding that we might know, deeply and thoroughly, the will of God.
The second thing Paul mentions in his prayer is for the church to receive God’s strength. Does anyone else need a little strength right now? We all do, right? We need to pray for each other to receive God’s strength. God’s Word tells us that His strength is available to us as we trust in Him and depend upon Him. As Paul told the church in Corinth in 2 Corinthians 12, “God’s grace is sufficient for you, for His power is made perfect in our weakness…for when we are weak, He is strong.” The best news you could hear today is that if you give God your weakness, fear, insecurities, and worry, He gives you His strength. The strength He offers is both continual and limitless. It is not like a sixhour energy drink that wears off. God’s power is never-ending and we can be continually strengthened with it. All we must do is look to Him and He will provide strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
Finally, Paul tells us to recall God’s provision. He says we need to be thankful for our past deliverance, present forgiveness, and future glory. If you are a Christian, you have every reason to be thankful today. This world, this virus, and this trial does not have the final say. God does. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ has rescued us from this dominion of darkness and transferred us to His Kingdom of light. We have been forgiven of all of our sins and have a guaranteed eternal home in heaven. I cannot say this enough, but this world is not our home. I know this is painful to realize, especially at this time, but these types of situations remind us of how frail we really are and that what matters most is living for eternal things. My friends, we must daily recall our eternal home, our future glory! Paul says, “I am praying that you will recall and give thanks to the Father who has qualified you, through Jesus, to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” In other words, remember the darkness of this world is not your final destination, heaven is, and that is a place that will be filled with only light.
Today, when you look around, let the darkness remind you of the coming light, the pain remind you of the coming relief, and the trial remind you of the coming glory. As I have said before, “For the Christian, if you die, you will be with the Lord, but if you live, the Lord will be with you!” Fret not my friends. God has you and will never let you go. See you next week!
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If you are a Christian, you have every reason to be thankful today. This world, this virus, and this trial does not have the final say. God does. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ has rescued us from this dominion of darkness and transferred us to His Kingdom of light. We have been forgiven of all of our sins and have a guaranteed eternal home in heaven.