The Prayers I Pray

4 Jan

{Week 5}

 Scripture Memory:

 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10 ESV)

Pastor Charles Stanley said that these are the best verses to pray over people especially the younger generation. He is right. On the days when I don’t know what to pray for my children, I default to these two. 

I ask God that:

  • they would know the will of God in their lives.
  • they would be filled with wisdom and understanding from above.
  • their lives would be a living testament to the God who created them and the Savior who redeemed them.

Three days ago we were fortunate enough to watch the Rose Bowl live in Pasadena. The announcer said that there were 93,359 people in attendance. Since I don’t understand football much at all, I spent a lot of time looking around. These college kids, they certainly love their teams. They raise their hands and they chant. They dangle their keys and make noise, oh did they make noise. They were so enthusiastic you couldn’t help but feel the excitement.

But I wished, no, prayed that all 93,359 of them would show the same exuberance and excitement for the things of God. Because what could be better than knowing the will of God and following that instead of chasing the wind? Or in this case, the football? Earthly victories are transitory. Sure it was great that my son’s school won (after 40 years) but that is not going to last.

In fact, in our case, the happiness was tempered by the fact that it took us an hour to find our car in the golf course that was converted into a parking lot. There’s nothing worse than walking aimlessly, in the cold, while it’s getting dark and hunger is setting in. Well, that is until I saw a college kid peeing in the grass (thank God it was already dark) and suddenly I wondered about the soggy grass underfoot.

The world makes many promises it cannot deliver. One cannot find lasting happiness going after number 1. Yes, the grass may look green but you don’t know what’s underneath it.

Someone once said that the saddest thing ever is to get to the end of your life only to find out you have been chasing the wrong thing. Chase after the things of God instead. Know God’s will from the start, then do what He says to do and the bearing of much fruit – fruit with eternal impact – will follow.

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7 Responses to “The Prayers I Pray”

  1. bogodoy January 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Same sentiment here about people getting excited over things other than God. I always get jealous for God.

    And you made me tear up with the last paragraph you wrote. God must be really serious about me doing what He wants me to do. The 3-day fast was all about it and now, even your blog reminds me of it. There must have been doubts popping up and He’s making sure I’m not swayed.

    Thanks for this post.

    • ~ Grace & Peace January 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Thank you, friend! Your encouragement means a lot.May God continue to speak to us (& using each other’s post which is so like Him).

      I’m still trying to get the hang of WordPress. So bear with me. I think I approved your comments on all posts. 🙂

    • onethousandverses January 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      I just gotta scribble this quick now that I am here (even when I said I will look here later) — it is the same with me, I lately find myself really crying when I realize how people now have their different priorities –and I cry not only for them but for myself too because not too long ago, I was the same. I thank God for leading me back and giving me renewed zeal in making my relationship with Him grow.
      Thank you for this post, sister!

      • ~ Grace & Peace January 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

        OTV, I hear ya, sister. May there be a fruitful harvest throughout.

  2. Morgen January 5, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Beautifully said my friend!

  3. Brandee January 12, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I am putting these verses down in my journal for Will. They are perfect T! Love the new blog. Got signed up to get the emails 🙂

    • ~ Grace & Peace January 12, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      Thank you, Brandee!

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