We often drop to our knees with a petition to God. A lot of the times it's just to roll our burdens upon God. There is much more to prayer than a passionate plea for God to intervene. Paul often spoke intriguing prayers. We find one of them in Colossians 1:9-12:
(9)For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
(10)that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
(11)strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy;
(12)giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
In this prayer, Paul covers 7 areas of our lives that needs a daily touch of God. We have reached the last part the Paul's prayer in this wonderful prayer.
The last part of Paul's prayer that I want to discuss is in verse 12. It says "giving thanks to the Father." Let's take time out of our busy lives to give thanks to Him for not only the large things or things that we need (our salvation, health, family, food to eat, etc.), but also the little everyday things that may slip our minds or luxuries that we have (a soft bed to sleep in, the ability to walk to the mailbox, that special pet that makes you smile, the new tech gadget, etc.) Our love for Him should run so deep that we can't help but give glory and honor to Him, and thank Him graciously.
I have truly fell in love with this prayer. I have two sons, ages 19 and 11, that I have started praying this prayer over them. I mean who wouldn't want these things for their children or loved ones?
I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have. I have truly enjoyed reading your comments. I praying blessings to each of you in 2012.
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