PAUL’S PRAYER

I was reading in the book of Colossians today, and was struck with the relevance of Paul’s prayer for them as it relates to walking in brokenness:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14 ESV)

The day-to-day walk of brokenness for a Christian includes knowing God’s will (we must be studying scripture), pleasing Him by our obedience to His will rather than our own, and bearing fruit. Consequently, we will be given the strength we need (that ongoing aspect of God’s grace) to endure throughout this life, not giving up but filled with joy to do His work.

I especially love the assurance that “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness” – we are set free from bondage to sin! We don’t have to live in darkness any longer, but can live open, broken, and free as recipients of God’s kingdom!

We are redeemed and forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!

To all those at the WIT! Singles conference this weekend, I’m praying for you!

Love in Christ,

George

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