Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015 “God-Generated Strength”

“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;  strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might.” (Colossians 1: 9-11)

Good Morning My Friends!

One of my favorite hymns…one that I often find myself singing is a song called “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The words of this great hymn were written by a man named Thomas Obadiah Chisholm. He led a difficult adult life, weak with illness and often confined to his bed, unable to work. He would have to push himself to work at various jobs to make ends meet. At the age of 27, he came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior. He took great comfort in the Scriptures and their promise of God’s faithfulness. One of his favorite passages was Lamentations 3:22-23 which says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not; they are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.”  Inspired, he wrote the words to that great hymn. One of my favorite lines of the hymn goes, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow; blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.” Paul’s prayer for these Colossian Christians echoes this promise as he prays that they would be “strengthened with all power, according to His (God’s) glorious might.”  This is not self-generated strength. It is God-generated strength that enables Christians to endure what others fail to endure…an endurance that spills over into joy and thankfulness. It’s the kind of strength that sees us through the day and provides hope for the future.

Let’s review how Paul’s prayer for the Colossian Christians may serve as a pattern for us as we pray for our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. As he prayed, Paul:

(1) Prayed unceasingly for them. (2) Asked God to help them understand what he wanted them to do. (3) Asked God to grant them deep spiritual understanding. (4) Asked God to help them live for Him. (5) Asked God to grant them more knowledge of Him. (6) Asked God to give them strength to endure. (7) Asked God that they would bear much fruit and would be filled with joy, strength, and thankfulness.

How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed for them like this? When you aren’t sure how to pray for someone, why not use Paul’s prayer pattern. You can’t go wrong! Let’s pray!

Glorious Lord; Truly your compassions do not fail, and come to us new each morning. How we praise you for those tender mercies. As we come before the Throne of Grace praying for others, may we join Paul in praying for increased understanding, help for the day to live for you, to know more of you, and to be strengthened to endure the challenges of the day. Great is Thy Faithfulness! Amen!

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