For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you 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. 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. Colossians 1:9-14
Today’s focus of prayer from our key passage is:
“…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” (Colossians 1:10- 11)
We thank you Father for your promises and your faithfulness. We thank you that you have not called our teachers to self-sufficiency, but rather full dependency on you. We claim for our teachers your Son’s words that told us it is to our Father’s glory that we bear much fruit. You desire that we be successful in your purpose for our lives. What a God of grace you are! You are not a God that gives knowledge and then withholds the strength to act on spiritual wisdom; but rather you are a God that reveals your will to your people, and then supplies the needed strength to accomplish the good work. And what kind of strength do you supply? Glorious might! Father, pour out your might on our staff and produce in them all the fruits of the Spirit. We thank you Lord that we are able to endure, because you first endured the cross. We pray that our teachers will run with perseverance the race marked out before them, and fix their eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith. May the fruit which they bear bring you much Glory. Amen!