Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colossians 1:9-14 Devotional

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. 10 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, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints 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.

"We pray this in order that..." really sticks out to me. Everything that follows, living a life worthy, bearing fruit, growing in knowledge, strengthened with all power, great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks, all of this comes from a foundation of prayer. I spend so little time in prayer and then wonder why my life isn't full of these other things. It's so easy to forget that the power, strength, and endurance comes from going up on the mountain to the fountain and having my cup filled to overflowing. Prayer, time in His presence, is plugging into the power source for being able to serve but so often I rely on my own reserves. I thank God that he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and pray for a pace of life that puts me in His care continuing in the Spirit that began this work within me and relying on Him to continue the work.

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