In the Book of Colossians, Paul prays a powerful prayer for the church at Colosse:
Personally, I think that every church leader should pray this prayer continuously for all of those whom they have been called to shepherd.
Nevertheless, it is a prayer that one could pray over oneself for strength to continue to bear fruit in the Kingdom of God.
Therefore, let us look at four ways that we can gain “strength for the journey” through the powerful anointing that is on this prayer.
Become Fruitful in Every Good Work
In John 15:7-8, Jesus said: If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples. Or in other words, if we are yielding our members to the will of God, He will strengthen us for the journey to complete it.
Increase in the Knowledge of God
Continual growth in our level of spiritual maturity means that we:
- Read, Meditate, Believe and Obey God’s Word
- Pray for growth (the prayer above is a great prayer)
- Have Faith for the Promises of God
- Faith Without Works is Dead; Put Action to Your Faith
- Serve Others; Be a Generous Giver of Your Time, Talents and Money (Charity begins at home)
Encompassing these spiritual truths into your “rules for life” will empower you to move forward.
Be Strengthened With All Might, According to His Glorious Power, Unto All Patience and Long-suffering With Joyfulness
Ah yes. This is the one that really hit home for me today. See, I know that quoting Philippians 4:13 gives me strength to move forward, but that’s reserved for all of the things that I have on my to-do list, which are not really self-centered, but it does not include annoying requests for things that I don’t really have time for or rather don’t want to do.
Now I understand that the anointing that is on that “scriptural affirmation” contains the grace for “all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness”, and that gives me a renewed sense of strength!
Giving Thanks Unto the Father
Praise and Thanksgiving strengthens us for the journey. Psalms 22:3 teaches us that God dwells in the praises of His people and we know that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Freedom. Freedom from oppression, depression and suppression. Freedom to declare God’s goodness and be strengthened with all might!
We all have those times of lethargy where it’s difficult to put one foot in front of the other and get “centered” for the day.
I was there this morning.
…I was sniffing Essential Oils.
…Extending my morning Prayer Walk Exercises.
And then I was reminded of this powerful prayer that I was reading about this week in Colossians 1.
I think I am going to get back to making it a daily one.
Perhaps you might try and see if it works to strengthen you? (Tip: The Word always works)
Here’s to seeing the fruit of a godly life manifested in your life when you press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God by Christ Jesus.
Father in the name of Jesus, I pray that You will help me to walk worthy of You and to be pleasing in Your sight as I become fruitful in every work, increasing in the knowledge of Your Word and strengthened with all might according to your glorious power unto patience and long-suffering with joyfulness. Thank You for delivering me from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of Your dear Son. Amen.
Grace and Peace,