Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Growing in Grace and Wisdom Colossians 1: 3-14 V.9: “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives"
2020! Remember the year when the world shut down due to a pandemic? Among the various experiences, one thing evident more than ever is that He is truly our omnipotent God. When no one had any answers, He still had all the answers. As we slowly start to get back to our “new normal”, we need to strive to remember this lesson and continually grow with Him in grace and wisdom.
Paul had a heart for the people of Colossae. For years, he had faithfully been praying for their spiritual growth. As Paul teaches us and how we are reminded during a pandemic, believers don’t belong just in our church, but a collective body of believers across the earth. We are all members of the body in Christ and, as such, ought to be in frequent prayer for others.
Just as Paul prayed for the spiritual protection and growth of people in a town he had never been to, and people he never met; we ought to be praying for our brothers and sisters. We may or may not know of those who are struggling from the impact of Covid, financial losses, loneliness, grief, anxiety, etc. When we earnestly pray for the Lord’s wisdom, and seek His grace, He will lead us to those who need support. Believers have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit inside them showing us more about the character and love of God.
Paul knew that. He trusted God to hear his prayers and act in the people of the Colossae church. Further, his prayers had depth and intention. As time went on, Paul understood them more and His prayers became specific.
It’s easy to forget to pray for those with whom we have little or no interaction. But it is essential as prayer is impactful, and God’s reach and power is beyond human comprehension. As we spend time with Him, pray for others, seek His divineness, with His grace we grow to see how He can use us to reach others.
Gracious Father, our all-knowing God, knows every heart and feels every struggle. Lord, align our hearts with yours so that we may open our ears to hear you. Teach us to pray for others, even for those we do not know and for those who are seeking you. Grant us your Holy Spirit and wisdom and lead us. Amen.
Thought of the day
“When you pray for others, God listens to you & blesses them. So when you are safe & happy, remember that someone is praying for you” - Arun Phadke
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