Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 “The Ultimate Authority”

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1: 9-10)

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Good Morning Partners in Prayer!

Have you ever been asked to pray for someone that you don’t know personally?  With the advent of social media, such prayer requests now come to my attention on virtually a daily basis. Over the years, I have been asked by many people to join them in praying for someone known to them but not necessarily to me. I strive to take such requests seriously and intercede before the Throne of Grace on their behalf, even if I do not know them personally. You may not realize it from this verse of Paul’s epistle to the Colossians that Paul had never met the Colossian Christians. The church was founded by converts from Paul’s missionary journeys. Nonetheless, Paul was faithful in praying for them. Here, Paul is praying that these new Christians “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” On their behalf, even though he does not know them personally, he is asking God to help them know what it is that God wants them to do and that God grant them deep spiritual understanding as to the whys and wherefores of His directives and plans for their lives. What will become clear to you as you read this epistle, the Colossian Christians had been living in a society where their world view clashed with their new understanding of the nature of Jesus Christ and his Lordship in their lives. Paul’s prayer intercession on their behalf should serve as an example for us to pray for Christians living in other cultures, as well as those in our own nation who are bombarded by conflicting world views that would skew one’s thinking regarding the ultimate authority of Jesus Christ in every aspect of life. This is particularly relevant today as our nation, and the Church in particular, faces significant change socially and culturally. More than ever before, we should pray for those we do not know who are facing such battles every day, and never stop praying that God’s timeless truth would remain uncompromised even in  times of great moral and social upheaval. Let’s pray!

Lord of all People and Places: Today we lift up fellow Christians whose names we may not know, but who are nonetheless our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray that they will be filled with the knowledge of Your perfect will for their lives, and that they might understand through the power of the Holy Spirit the whys and wherefores of your leading. Fill us with such knowledge as well, dear Lord, that we might serve you faithfully and joyfully. Amen!

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