Colossians 1:11 (NIV) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience
Do you ever feel embarrassed when asked to pray publicly?
Imagine this, a friend calls you and says she’s not sure what she’s doing with her life. She feels lost, scared and alone. What do you do?
You ask if you can pray for her and then do it right there with her on the phone.
And the great thing is that Paul tells us exactly what to pray.
The past several episodes we’ve studied his prayer for the Colossians in chapter one. And you know what? This pray is as applicable today as it was 2,000 years ago.
This is a powerful prayer that you can pray the rest of your life.
Join us today as we complete our study of this incredible prayer. This is a prayer that you will pray the rest of your life. Guaranteed.
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, we complete our study of Paul’s model prayer from Colossians chapter one.
In the past few episodes, we dove deeper into four things Paul asks for in prayer:
1. that we would know God’s will
2. That we would live a life worthy of the Lord
3. That we would bear good fruit
4. That we would grow in our knowledge of God
And today, Number 5, Paul prays for supernatural empowerment. Supernatural empowerment.
In Colossians chapter 1 verse eleven Paul prays that you are “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
So, this is our power source to walking out a life worthy of God.
That word strengthened, as in “being strengthened with all power” is in the present tense, meaning that you will continue to be strengthened. But the coolest thing to note here is that in the original Greek language it’s in the passive voice meaning that you are strengthened from the outside. Did you catch that? You don’t do the strengthening. It is done for you.
And this power that strengthens us is according to God’s glorious might.
Now, Paul uses that phrase “glorious might” elsewhere to describe the power that rose Jesus from the dead. I mean, come on, it doesn’t get more powerful than that. Right? And when you pray, you are strengthened with that power. And who doesn’t need more of that right now??
And then Paul tells us we need this supernatural strength so that you may have great endurance.
When Paul uses that word “endurance,” he’s giving the reader an image of someone who stands firm on the front line of a battle.
Imagine yourself in the midst of a battle, the enemy is coming right at you, and you’re under the orders to stand your ground. So, Paul’s telling us that no matter how bad life looks, no matter who says you’re crazy to believe in Jesus Christ, your order is to stand firm.
And we also need God’s glorious might, Paul says for patience. Patience here is the opposite of wrath or a spirit of revenge. It’s the idea that no matter who’s trying to injure you, you do not retaliate.
So your Simple Truth for today: You’ve learned an incredibly powerful prayer to use for the rest of your life. Ask God for these 5 things: To know his will. To walk a life worthy of Him, To bear Good fruit, To grow in the knowledge of God, and for supernatural empowerment.
We simply ask God for these things and the Holy Spirit supernaturally produces them within us. How’s this possible? I’m not sure I truly understand this.
But God says, “Ask, and it’s yours.” 1 John 5:14-15 says, “if we ask anything according to his will he hears us and we know that we have the requests that we have asked him for.”
So, today, I challenge you to start asking for these 5 things and never stop.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow.