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PRAYING FOR OTHERS

I don’t know about you, but the prayer that we find in Colossians 1:9-14 is one that I would want someone taking to the Lord without ceasing for me. Is there any Christian anywhere that could want for anything better than to be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding”? I don’t think so! And then, Paul tops that off with “so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” Now, if Paul stopped here we would be scratching our heads wondering what he meant by “worthy of the Lord “, but he doesn’t end his thoughts here! To be “worthy of the Lord” is to “please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” The period is mine. As I read this prayer I have to stop at this point and ask myself how I accomplish these three things. Well, the first thing I need to do is take the “I” out of the equation. In and of myself there is no way I can please God, bear fruit in what I do or increase in my knowledge of Him. So then what? Well…

Paul’s prayer continues. We are to be “strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Imagine that! Paul is asking that the Colossian believers be “strengthened with all power”, not a little power, or some power, or enough power, but ALL power “according to His glorious might.” It’s impossible for me to fathom how much strength Paul is asking the Colossians (us) to be empowered with (I hate ending a sentence with a preposition). This is a strength that is to come from God’s “glorious might”. Can any of us imagine how great a power source Paul is asking that we have made available to us? Now with all of the “strength” and “power” and “might” that is coursing through us we are to clobber the enemy! Right??? Nope, wrong again. We are to be STEADFAST in our faith, PATIENT in our expectations, and JOYOUS in our “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”

And why exactly is that the case? Shouldn’t we be out there on the front lines fighting for all we’re worth? Shouldn’t we muster the troops and mount an all out attack? Shouldn’t we…? Wait a minute, what SHOULD we do? He wants us to be STEADFAST? PATIENT? JOYOUS? TO GIVE THANKS? And why is that pray tell? “For He has delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” We are to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. We should be steadfast in our faith, patient in our expectations, and joyous in our giving thanks. And why should we give thanks? Because, we have been REDEEMED.

So, if at some point in the future you are praying for us as a church (me especially) and are wondering what you should be asking, I can’t think of a better prayer to emulate than this one!

 

 

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UNIQUE DESIGN

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jer. 1:5

We sometimes strive to be people we aren’t—we like to think we’re suited for the stage, but the reality is, we’re more effective behind the scenes, or maybe we try our hand at the behind-the-scenes work, but only struggle because we were made to be performing on-stage.

This is because God has given every person unique abilities, passions, and experiences. We’re not the same as our parents, our siblings, our friends, or our co-workers—so we can’t expect to be the same, do the same, or bring passion to the same things. We are intelligently and lovingly designed by a creative God, and He has created every one of us for a different purpose.

So, why do we look to our left and covet the job of our neighbor? Why do we look to our right and allow our hearts to be filled with envy, seeing the success of a friend? Their purpose is not ours, so their path will inevitably look different—and that’s okay. When we become jealous, we can calm any growing resentment with this truth: God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb, and before we were born, He set us apart. 

Don’t be afraid of your purpose. Don’t resist the gifts you were given. And don’t covet another’s. Instead, trust the God who knows and will see His purposes come to pass. God created you to do something specific. Before you were a thought in your parents’ minds, He knew you. Before you were born into this world He already set you apart to accomplish something great!

Every one of us is designed to do something specific. You are on this Earth to accomplish a mission no one else can perform. Are you living out that dream? Or are you fighting against your calling, even though you know there is more?

God never calls you out unless He’s willing to help you get it done. He will give you every resource you need to accomplish the mandate He has given you on this earth! Trust Him. Now let’s get to work!

Prayer:  Father, thank You for my unique design. Thank You for trusting me to do Your work on this earth! Give me the courage and the confidence to step out in faith, and with boldness, in Jesus’ name.

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