The All Saints Prayer – My Daily Bread!
As I reflect on Paul’s encouragements to the early churches my heart overflows with the love of God and His endless grace and mercy. Below is one of my favorites, it is Paul’s opening prayer to the Church in Colosse. Paul, who had never met the Colossians, still prayed for them and in doing so gave us an excellent model of how to pray for others. In this prayer Paul reminds us of what to pray for and the numerous benefits of being followers of Christ. Listen carefully to Colossians 1: 9-14, NIV ; for this is my prayer for you today:
“For this reason since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to (1) fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may (2) live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; (3) bearing fruit in every good work, (4) growing in the knowledge of God, (5) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so (6) that you may have great endurance and patience, and (7) joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has (a) qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (b) For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and (c) brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have (d) redemption and , the (e) forgiveness of sins.”
Note the things to pray for others about are numbered (1) – (7) and the benefits of knowing Christ are lettered (a) – (e).
It is so wonderful to know that these benefits also accrue to us today. So the next time you are called to pray for someone, reflect on these words of Paul to the Colossians; may they increase your faith in our glorious hope in the Living God!
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