Friday, July 20, 2018

Prayer Focus - Hope
10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. - Colossians 1:10-12 
For all you menu makers and list lovers Paul is speaking especially to you. So let’s make a list pertinent to all of us and some reading will be overjoyed. It’s the list of living a life worthy of the Lord and one that pleases him. Paul at times while writing became very confusing and at others was crystal clear. Here we go. 1. Bear fruit in every good work. 2. Grow in the knowledge of God. 3. Be strengthened with his power. 4. Exhibit endurance and patience. 5. Give thanks joyfully to our Father. Let’s be clear. This is not a formula nor is it an exhaustive list but it is certainly a helpful guide. When we take a trip we look for indicators that we are headed in the right direction. We know the general direction and which cities we should pass through. We look for road signs counting down the milage to our destination. Look at these five as indicators you are headed in the right direction of living as holy people in the kingdom of light. If I were able to stay in this text for a few days I would unfold the layers of each one on the list but they are straightforward enough that you can capture the essence of meaning. We are all to some degree people pleasers. Paul helps us to live a life pleasing to God our Father in every way which is much more important and eternally valuable.
Heavenly Father, join with us, by your power and might, as we seek to live a life pleasing to you, a life worthy to be called a Christ-follower. Help us to focus on these five areas today as we encounter moments where one or two will be important. Strengthen us when we don’t realize we need it. Be with us in every step we take. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.