12: Paul's Prayer for Grace City
**To kick off our Daniel series, and in preparation for moving into our new home on October 18th, the elders have invited our church family to a 28-day season of prayer and fasting. These daily devotionals correspond with the 28-day Bible reading countdown to the day we celebrate our soft opening.**
As we start in on Paul’s power-packed letter to the Colossians, I’m picturing Paul like Indiana Jones. He’s passionately scrambling and racing around the globe to find the supreme treasure, secure the supreme treasure, and share the supreme treasure with the world. The same child-like joy that grips “Junior,” grips Paul when he thinks about the world-shaking discovery, and he expects it to grip his listeners as well. To the core.
Christ in you, the hope of glory! (v.27)
The changes this supreme treasure has brought to his own life, he knows will only continue to powerfully grow and continue changing his listeners. At least, that’s what he’s pouring out his life to see happen.
Paul is eager throughout the entire letter to proclaim the supremacy of Jesus to them, to warn them of the dangers of false teaching, and to instruct them in practical Christian living.
All things vital to our own current and future standing and growth as a church who shares the duel identity of these believers…who are both (1) IN Christ and (2) IN (our own) Colossae.
Let’s keep it simple again today… Here’s my encouragement:
Stop. READ Colossians chapter 1. Twice if you have the time.
Consider these questions as you do...
- What jumps out at you?
- Why is Paul thankful?
- What does Paul pray for?
- How does Paul describe Christ?
- What does Paul say God has done for the believers?
- What is Paul’s passion and purpose?
Let’s make Paul’s prayer for the Colossians, our prayer for Grace City… (emphasis mine)...
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to (1) fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may (2) live a life worthy of the Lord and (3) please him in every way: [How? Why?] [a] bearing fruit in every good work, [b] growing in the knowledge of God, [c] being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may [d] have great endurance and patience, and [e] giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
So much TREASURE in Colossians 1… what did YOU find??