I crave connection with God. Prayer is where He meets me. He met me right at the beginning of my reading of Colossians. I could not go forward without stopping to pray.
As I read Colossians 1: 9-12, I became overwhelmed with the need to pray these specific words. Over the last few days, I have prayed these words over and over – for myself, for my friends, and for my children.
“…, asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
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,
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
so that you may have great endurance and patience,
and joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV)
As I read these verses, my whole being cries out to God.
I want to be so filled with knowledge of His will that any other way is impossible. I want so much spiritual wisdom and understanding that I see the world through the eyes of Jesus. I long to please Him. I long for my actions to reflect Him. I desperately want to know Him more. I want His strength to be my strength. I desire supernatural endurance and patience that can only come from Him. I want to live out my joy of belonging to Him.
My prayer of Colossians 1: 9-12
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask You to fill me with knowledge of your will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. I ask this so that I may live a life worthy of You, so that I may please You, so that my life may bear good fruit, so that I may grow in my knowledge of You. Grant me strength with Your glorious power so that I may have great endurance and patience. I joyfully give thanks to You for all you have done to save me.