Oh, The Word is Good!

I am always telling you that it is not enough to simply skim over the Scriptures. You need to actually read them, to consider them, meditate (meaning “murmuring” them) so they become planted in your spirit.

For instance, take some things Paul wrote to the church in Colossae. You see, he was explaining to them how he is continually praying for them, and described what he was praying for:

[W]e have not stopped praying for you, specifically asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and insight into His purposes, and in the understanding of spiritual things, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity, to fully please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God with a deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts; we pray that you may be strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of God’s people in the Light (Colossians 1:9-12)

See, pretty cool prayer, isn’t it?

“We have not stopped praying for you . . .”

Hey, pastors? Are you still praying for those under your care? A couple of translations say, “I have not ceased praying for you . . .” “I continually pray for you . . .” Are you doing that?

What about you fathers and husbands? Do you dedicate yourself to pray “continually” for your family? What about you mothers and wives? This is something you need to dedicate yourself to. Are there problems in your family? Well, how much time have you spent praying and “standing in the gap” for them?

Writer, Linda Smallwood explained, “You hear many pastors, teachers, intercessors, etc. using the phrase “standing in the gap” when referring to praying for others, but my experience is that many praying people don’t really understand the meaning of that phrase or what it has to do with ‘intercession.’

“The word ‘intercede‘ comes from the Latin ‘inter‘ meaning ‘between‘ and ‘ced’ meaning ‘go.’ So it literally means “go between“. To “stand between” them and the enemy!

“Think of a brick wall, in particular, the mortar in the joints between the bricks. That mortar ‘goes between,’ or ‘intercedes,’ between the bricks to bind them together and strengthen them. Without the mortar ‘going between‘ the bricks, the wall would collapse.

“If you want to break down that wall, the easiest way is to start where there are gaps in the mortar. You start chopping and chipping at those sections and soon the entire wall will lack the support it needs and will give way.

“That’s just what the enemy of our souls does. He and his cohorts look for those weaknesses in us — places where there are gaps or chinks in our personalities or spiritual armor. Even if we are not consciously aware of those areas, our enemies are! They have spent years watching us, studying us — looking for those things that cause offense in us, or where we’ve compromised truth for self-advancement or exaltation. They know where the pride, contentious and resentful triggers are, or where we’re vulnerable to a religious spirit or divisive spirit. And they know which people, incidents, and conditions, are most likely to have the greatest impact and cause us to lose our spiritual balance.”

Wow! So, what specifically is he praying for?

[T]hat [they] may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and insight into His purposes, and in the understanding of spiritual things . . .”

Wow! But, isn’t that what we really need the most? We are called to fellowship, to commune with Yahweh, the God of Creation, don’t you think it would be great to be tied in with that kind of wisdom and insight?

Okay, so why do I want that? “[S]o that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [Yeah,what else?] displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity,  [Ooh, that is good!] to fully please

“[S]o that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord . . .”

Yeah,what else?

[D]isplaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity . . .

Ooh, that is good!

“[S]o that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord . . .

Yeah,what else?

[D]isplaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity . . .

Ooh, that is good!

[T]o fully please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God with a deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts.”

Ooh, how we need that!

Oh wait! Then he prays that they may be

“strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might . . .

Did you see that? ALL power! Not just enough to get by with, but ALL Power!

Yo mamma! That is good! But, for what purpose?

“[T]o attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of God’s people in the Light

Yes! Not just ordinary and mundane endurance and patience, but endurance and patience that is encased in JOY! Now you can dance and sing! Because, my brothers and sisters, that is what I have been praying for each of you!

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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