Each one of us wants to know God’s will – both for ourselves and for the others we love and pray for. Paul wanted that for the believers in Colosse:
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12).
Paul wanted the Colossian believers to live a life worthy of God, to bear fruit, and to have power, endurance and strength. He wanted them to be kingdom Christians! Knowledge of God’s will was more for living a life that glorified God than for discerning every decision we need to make in life (though choosing what God would want us to choose is certainly important). The more we pray for spiritual wisdom and understanding and a knowledge of God’s will, and live out a Spirit-filled life, the “decisions” will become easier and easier. As we live lives that bear fruit, that please God, choosing wisely in the day-to-day decisions will come more naturally.
Father, help me to desire Your will above my own. Empower me with Your Spirit so that I will bear more fruit, walk worthy of You, and display patience and endurance. Bless me with a thankful heart as I live out my everyday life for Your glory.
–Adapted from Praying Like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf
Praise God as the master even of the grave. Thank the Father that “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). Confess your failure to place your life and death fully in the hands of the risen Christ. Commit yourself to standing firm in the victory which Christ has achieved over sin and death and hell. Ask that you will “know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (15:58), and so work with extra fervor.
Pray that the people of your congregation will become well-grounded in the basics of the Scriptures, and that they will faithfully live their beliefs.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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