Good morning everyone,
How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed in this way?
(1). Be thankful for their faith and changed lives (1:3).
(2). Ask God to help them know what He wants them to do (1:9).
(3). Ask God to give them deep Spiritual understanding (1:9).
(4). Ask God to help them live for Him (1:10).
(5). Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself (1:10).
(6). Ask God to give them strength for endurance (1:11).
(7). Ask God to fill them with joy, strength, and thankfulness (1:11).
#7 really stands out to me because it is only because of Jesus Christ that I live with a thankful heart! #1 caused #7 to happen in my life. Your story may be different and I would like to know. As I read through Colossians 1, I'm reminded of all the people that have prayed for me and continue to pray for me! In Colossians 1:9-10, Paul writes, 'So we continue praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with Spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.' These scripture verses are the core of what Jesus Christ modeled for all of us! As you read this devotional, may you realize just how incredibly 'special' you are! You were beautifully made to live out these verses while you have breath to breathe!!!! Pastor Bro preached on this scripture sometime back and one of the quotes he made was this: 'You never know Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have!' Why don't we get that point much earlier in life? We try to find the answers to life going down so many different bumpy roads before we eventually realize that those answers are given to us in the Son himself! Changed hearts start one prayer at a time! As you start your day, know that you have been prayed for and you are loved beyond measure!
Your brother in Christ,