One Another Devotion - Day 24
One Another Devotion
Devotion: An act of prayer or private worship
Devotional: A short worship service
Before I started this, I wanted to know what the above was, so I went to the good old paperback dictionary and these caught my attention. I never thought of it that way, it was more like a regular daily reading to me. Hhmm…welcome Holy Spirit!
Colossians 1:9&10 NLT; So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
What a wonderful prayer! I have used these verses as a prayer, most often for my children, but also when I’m not sure what to pray.
When Paul wrote this letter to the Colossians he was in prison and never met these believers. The NLT bible commentary states that Paul was trying to point out that the accumulation of knowledge itself was empty and for it to be worth anything it must lead to a changed life and right living. The NKJV bible commentary compliments this by saying that Paul’s chief concern was that the Colossians might have full knowledge of God’s will.
How do we get that full knowledge of God’s will? I believe it’s one’s own willingness to enter into a personal relationship with the Holy Trinity-accepting His invitation to come, spend time to read His word, to listen to His voice, and to talk with Him (also known, I think, as prayer). As one spends more time in this relationship, a surrender of self occurs and I believe Colossians 1:10 comes into effect.
What things can you implement in your day that will reflect Colossians 1:9&10?
Who can you encourage today? Who can you pray for today?
My challenge to you today is twofold; spend a minimum of 10 minutes talking to Father God and then double that time to listen to what He wants to reveal to you.
To finish, I just want to encourage you, my fellow family in Christ, to continue in the good work that has begun in the church and the community.