Since the Day…haven't stopped praying

 

The above line is from Colossians 1.  As I prayed with a faithful few this morning the Lord struck me with how often and  precisely appropriate this prayer is. Here is the prayer;

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

Just praying for the morning of any new day this is a powerful prayer expressing the desire of our heart in humble reliance upon God.  We prayer that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work… Of course that is only a portion of the delineation of our desire.

That today we might please him in every way.  This is the simple goal for this individual particular day.  Before that is that we might live a life worth of him. The glory of God and our joy in him are intimately inseparably connected It is an appropriate desire even though we know we are worth only in Jesus Christ.  Perhaps more so because we are worth in Christ alone. I long to live a life pleasing to him not out some selfish goal of making myself worth.  Rather out an appreciation for his gift of eternal life longing to please one who loves us.

Snce hearing of the tragic act of terrorism in the murders at a prayer meeting, this is my prayer. I pray as the Holy Spirit designed, hat we might be further filled with wisdom and understanding which the spirit gives. I pray that good fruit might grow out this evil act just as the out of soil dark with decay produces great fruit.

In this situation or the more common, the death of a dear friends elderly mom or the accident of another, in every day,  praying that there would be the strengthening with the power of his glorious might that truth might endure and patience prevail.

We pray for the giving of Joy which grows out of a heart that is thankful to the Our Father in heaven.  Tragedy often brings a stark reminder of just how much what we have to be thankful.  We pray that we might be part of the process of sharing the light in order that others might have an inheritance as his holy people.

An inheritance of holiness, being like our Father who is holy is truly the only inheritance worth having.  For holiness, the character of God breaks the dominion of darkness by bringing the kingdom of Jesus his son.