PRAYING COLOSSIANS 1:24-29

Pray the Word photo“I [Paul], am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.  25God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.  26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.  27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.  28So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.  29That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”  Colossians 1:24-29

 

Father,

We praise you as we continue to pray through Colossians. We give thanks to You, who give us EVERYTHING we need IN CHRIST. Thank you for Paul’s example of what ministry is all about. Thank you for our church leadership, who like Paul, are making You known through the preaching of Your word. We pray for our leaders to continue to faithfully proclaim the mystery of the gospel, which is fully revealed and is summed up as ‘CHRIST in US!’ May we be taught and warned of any false gospel. Cause us to humble ourselves in obedience. Help us to grow to maturity in You, and to encourage one another to contribute in the battle for our church’s maturity in Christ, even to be willing to suffer Colossians-1-29-His-Mighty-Power-Which-Works-Within-Me-bible-copyfor that goal.

Remind us that as we work and struggle for your glory, it is Your mighty power that works in us! Amazing grace. Amazing love. Amazing Christ. Help us to keep our eyes focused on You this week. AMEN

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

Pray the Word photoOur Lord, 

We praise You because Your Word helps us to see who Christ really is. Thank you for the centrality of Christ! As we pray the Word today, open our eyes more and more to the reality that the Christian life IS CHRIST. Cause our hearts to know and understand that CHRIST is supreme over EVERYTHING. Thank you that Christ is the visible image of You, our invisible God. Thank you that we can know that Christ existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Christ, You created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. It is amazing to realize that Christ made the things we can see and the things we can’t see- such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. O Lord God, everything was created through Christ and for Christ; that Christ existed before anything else, and Christ holds all creation together. Thank you Lord, that we can see through your scripture, that all the details of our lives find their goal in Christ. Only Christ is the one who can fix and reconcile the world to You. 

Praise you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one!  

christ is supremeAgain we rejoice! Christ is the head of the church, which His body. He is supreme over all who rise from the dead. Christ is first in everything. We praise you Lord for You in all Your fullness was pleased to live in Christ. Through Christ You reconciled everything to Yourself.
It is so amazing! You made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
What a perfect and wondrous plan!

Capture our hearts dear Lord through your Holy Spirit; help us to uphold Christ’s supremacy with our words and attitudes. Help us to take hold of the fact that everything in heaven and on earth is related to Christ and can only be understood through Him. Make it so dear Lord. AMEN

 

 

COLOSSIANS 1:3-14 PRAYER

Pray the Word photoFather God, we thank you for this prayer in Colossians. As we also pray it, we know that this is Your will for us in Christ Jesus.

We thank You for our church family; their faith in Christ, and love for each other because of the Gospel hope which You have reserved for us in heaven.

We praise You because this same Good News is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed our lives from the day we first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace–just as it did in Colosse so long ago.
Thank you for faithful ministers and the many resources You have given us on our behalf, like Epaphras in Colosse. Thank You God the Holy Spirit, for enabling us to have love for others more and more.
Compel us dear Lord to be steadfast in prayer for one another; that You would give us complete knowledge of Your will, spiritual wisdom and understanding. And as we pray this, cause us to live in the way that we will always honour and please You; that we will produce every kind of good fruit. Help us to grow as we learn to know You better and better.
We also pray that we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so we will have all the endurance and patience we need. May we be filled with joy, always thanking You, Father. For You have enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to Your people, who live in the light.
Thank you for Your rescue from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
As we pray the Word, may it expose, encourage, and enlighten our hearts to what matters. Christ, You are everything! Change us into Your likeness. AMEN.

PRAY THE WORD

Pray the Word photoI have been sitting in the back garden in the beautiful sunshine a lot—as you do in these Covid days…..

……Thinking and praying of how our summer months will be best spent on GRACE PLACE; post-bible study of COLOSSIANS: ROOTED.

I was so enriched by this letter of  “IF YOU HAVE CHRIST, THEN YOU HAVE EVERYTHING”, that I long for us to process further what we have learned. My prayer is that our hearts and souls will be so saturated and captured by Christ that we can’t help but be transformed more everyday into this reality! It is a daily step by step process as we grow in the Lord, isn’t it?

Well, then it came to me how to spend our summer—— Pray the Word. Pray Colossians!

It helps that the first part of the first chapter IS already a prayer.  The beauty of practising to pray the Word of God is powerful.  Jen Wilkin, in her book, Women of the Word, puts it so poignantly: “The Word is living and active. The Word will conform you by dividing you. And in the dividing, miracle of miracles, it will render you whole.”

colossiansTree[5971]Many times we don’t know how to pray, do we? The Holy Spirit is always interceding for us, thank you Lord. (Romans 8: 22-27) “The Spirit intercedes for his people in accordance with God’s will.” So, sisters, we KNOW that God’s Word is God’s will for our lives, individually; and as a church community. After all, this letter was written to the early church.

In the daily messiness and mundaneness of daily life, praying the Word sets our hearts and minds on the certainty of His will-–  His plan for us! And, this investment in our relationship with God is what will sustain us and enable us to stand firm during the storms and tough circumstances that will no doubt come our way.

So, I welcome you to PRAY THE WORD this summer with me and the team; and with your study buddy.
Use this as an impetus to pray the Word in other passages of scripture! You may even want to write your own prayer from the Colossian passages each week as a form of journaling. There are so many possibilities.
Today’s prayer is a thanksgiving and gratitude to God from Colossians 1:1-2.

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace.”
Lord, we offer up to You our gratitude today. Thank you for giving us the message of the Gospel of Christ Jesus through Paul and his letter to the Colossians. We are comforted and encouraged to know that this is your plan and will many centuries ago in Colosse, and your plan and will for us now in Corsham.

Thank you for Christian friends who are in our lives like Timothy was for Paul, and Paul for Timothy. Lord may it multiply. Thank you, that because of Jesus, we are counted as holy and faithful in your sight. What a treasure you have given us! Help us to remain faithful to this treasure, both individually and in our church family to you God.

Finally, thank you for grace and peace- that can only truly come through YOU, our Triune God. Remind us this week, Lord, the amazing treasure of grace and peace that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. Help us to dig for this treasure this week and to share it with others. For your glory’s sake,  AMEN.