Daily Archives: January 3, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Prayer of the Year | Marianne Toovey
Colossians 1:9, 11
Paul is praying for the people of Colosse that they stand firm and stay true to their beliefs. In these verses, he specifically mentions that he’s praying for them to have a complete knowledge of God’s will, for spiritual wisdom and understanding, for all the endurance and patience they need, and to be filled with joy.
My biggest struggles in my day to day life are frustration at not knowing what to do and my lack of patience – in general, really. I cry out to God to reveal His will to me so I can know what to do, but rarely do I feel any immediate relief. And I was taught not to pray for patience because all it does is put me in a situation to test that patience! But I want this prayer for me. I want to know God’s will, to have His wisdom and understanding. And I do want endurance, patience, and joy. I will make this my prayer for me in 2019.
Father, I ask that You give me complete knowledge of Your will and to give me spiritual wisdom and understanding (v. 9). I also pray that I will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so I will have all the endurance, and yes, patience I need. Fill me with joy (v. 11). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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