Sunday, June 26
Paul enumerates quite a few goals in Colossians 1. There are some overall goals: that Christ would be preeminent in all things (v. 18), that Christ would reconcile all things in heaven and on earth, bringing peace by means of His death on the cross (v. 20). Paul also had specific goals for the Colossian believers: filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, a life worthy of the Lord, fully and pleasing to the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened in all power, all endurance and patience, and joy (vv. 9-12), holy, blameless, irreproachable, continuing in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel (vv. 22-23). Now, please read the above again. How would you like someone to pray for you that way? These goals were expressed as prayers. Now take note of the bold type words. Paul was not timid in asking for great things. How do you suppose God treated those prayers? Again, I ask you how you would like to be prayed for in that way? If your answer is what I think it is, how about praying for some of your family members that way? You might want to extend that to your spiritual family. Yes, I know. I need to do it too. We might be surprised at the results.