Praying for Power - Colossians 1:11
Power. Wars have been fought for it, lies have been told to gain it, many have desired it. Is it ever okay for a Christian to hope for power? Well, yes. The apostle Paul even prayed that the Colossian church would be strengthened with “all power”. So, is there more to it? Of course. We’re not just talking about any power here, or the power to do anything you please like reaching your dreams, this is ultimate and divine power for a glorious ambition. Before we get into it, here is a portion of Paul’s prayer for the believers at Colossae.
Colossians 1:11 ESV … May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…
Now it’s true that these words were intended by Paul for the Colossians, but they were also intended by God for all of us who hope in the gospel and so this prayer can be applied to everyone who trusts in Christ.
So the power we should be praying for is the power to endure in the Christian walk here on earth and the power to remain patient….with joy.
The Bible has a lot to say about endurance in the faith. Here are just a few verses that talk about it.
Romans 5:3-4 ESV … Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Romans 15:4 ESV … For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hebrews 10:36 ESV … For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
James 1:12 ESV … Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Matthew 10:22 ESV … and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
To endure in the Christian walk is to press on through the distractions, the pain, the pleasures, the mundane of everyday life until we come to the end of it. This is accomplished by God’s power at work within us. As Matthew 10 says above, “the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Endurance is vital and impossible without God’s power. So pray for power today, and every day, for endurance till the end.
Patience… with Joy
These three words have been running through my mind since I read them, and have been a prayer on my lips every day. We need patience as we live this life among other human beings. As long as I am by myself I am perfectly patient, but throw kids and a husband and a few bad drivers on the road in and my patience, unfortunately, can fly out the window pretty quick. I most definitely need the grace and power of God when it comes to being patient. So when I read Paul’s prayer for the Colossians to be strengthened with God’s power for the purpose of patience it wasn’t surprising, in fact, it has been my own prayer for myself quite often. But when I saw the words that followed “with joy” I was convicted and moved.
Have you striven for patience but neglected being joyful about it? I know I have. Imagine though, that we can pray like Paul and beg God for all His power to come upon us so that we can be joyfully patient as we mop up spilled milk, help with homework, go to work or school, etc. and most importantly of all we can patiently and joyfully work for the Kingdom of God as we wait for His Return!
“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Preparing the Way,
~ Danae Martin