Category: Women’s Ministry

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 3:12-17

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CLOTHE YOURSELVES12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:12-17 NLT

PRAYER:

COL 3Thank you Lord, that because we are IN CHRIST, we have become a loved, chosen, and holy people. As this scripture teaches us, help us to live this out in the details of our lives; that knowing we have been declared holy IN CHRIST,  will motivate us to actually drive us to change. Cause us to grow in spiritual maturity and take responsibility where we display changed relationships with other people. May your Spirit help us to love like Jesus loves. In our CBC communities, continue to grow us to be people who are peace-filled, word shaped, and always thankful. Change our hearts to honour Christ in all we do; that in our lives individually and together as His people, the world will see that you are over EVERYTHING we do. YOU are for us. Thank you our Triune God!

In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN

 

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 3:5-11

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Pray the Word photo“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshipping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behaviour, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:5-11 NLT

PRAYER:

Thank you Father that because our new, hidden life in Christ changes who we are; IN CHRIST! Help us to realize more every day that we can’t both have a life in Christ and a life in sin. Help us to kill and eradicate the remaining sin in our lives, one day at a time. Cause us to realize that our calling now is not to negotiate or procrastinate with sin. Help us to take drastic action with sin, as these verses teach. Put-off-the-Old-Self-and-Put-on-the-New.Change our mindsets as we live our lives IN CHRIST. Help us to throw off our “old selves” and continually “put on our new selves” with the mindset of Christ. Please bring about deep change in our friendships, family, marriages and dealings with people in the workplace and our spheres of influence. Help us to be truth telling people. As a church family, help us to embrace that man-made differences and divisions are unimportant because we are Christ’s people. Praise our Triune God that YOU are all that matters, and You live in all of us! May we honour and glorify Christ by our unity.

It is in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour in which we pray, Amen.

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PRAYING COLOSSIANS 3:1-4

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Pray the Word photoSince you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. “ Colossians 3:1-4

Prayer:

Thank you for our new life which is hidden in Christ. For we know that our ‘normal’ lives will one day come to an end, but our life with You will go on forever when you come back. Help us to continually seek the life above with Jesus Christ and not to be drawn away.  Help us to live out what we have IN CHRIST; our everything! Help our lives to be shaped not by our circumstances or the opinions of others, but by Christ, our hope in life and death.

In Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN.

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 2:8-15

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Pray the Word photo8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”

Colossians 2:8-15 New Living Translation

Prayer:

We are grateful to You and Your Word which warns us NOT to be led astray and deceived by false new movements or messages or experiences that draw us away from You! Lord help us to keep our eyes on Christ that Christ lives in all Your fullness in a human body which makes us complete! We have died Colossians 2-10 You Are Complete In Christ blackand been raised to a new life with Christ! We thank you because the sin and rebellion have been cut away from our hearts IN Christ for a new beginning with You! Praise God, our sins have been dealt with at the cross where every spiritual authority and power lays defeated at Christ’s feet! Thank you Lord! Help this sink into our hearts so that we will less likely to drift from Christ. Cause us to realize more everyday, that we don’t need to add to Christ; but instead to remind ourselves constantly of the greatness of Christ and all that He is for us. Help us to stand together as a church family in this reality and truth.

We entrust ourselves into Your care as we grow in You and love others, AMEN.

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 2:6-7

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Pray the Word photo“6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Dear Lord,

We thank you for the summary of Paul’s teaching of his letter to the church in these verses. Thank you that there is nothing more to add to You. Help us to continue to follow You because You are everything! You are always what we need! Being IN YOU is always enough. Thank you Lord. Help us not to be spiritually lazy or passive, but to be actively walking and maturing in Christ. Help us to grow up in You; that our roots will grow deep and our lives will built up in Your truth alone. Cause us to grow stronger every day- IN YOU ALONE.  Please fill our hearts with thankfulness for the gift of our salvation and life in You.

In Jesus’ holy name,

Amen

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PRAYING COLOSSIANS 2:1-5

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Pray the Word photo“1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.” Colossians 2:1-5

Our Triune God,

Thank you for the example of the Apostle Paul where he opens his heart to us and shows us through his life what you want us to be to each other in our church family.  Enable us towards a deeper knowledge in You; where we find true understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Help us as Paul did with the early churches, to beware of anything that might diminish or de-prioritise Christ in our lives; to heed this by keeping our focus on Christ. Cause us to aspire towards the firmness of faith in Christ. Please shape us by this passion.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

AMEN

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 1:24-29

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Pray the Word photo“I [Paul], am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.  25God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.  26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.  27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.  28So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.  29That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”  Colossians 1:24-29

 

Father,

We praise you as we continue to pray through Colossians. We give thanks to You, who give us EVERYTHING we need IN CHRIST. Thank you for Paul’s example of what ministry is all about. Thank you for our church leadership, who like Paul, are making You known through the preaching of Your word. We pray for our leaders to continue to faithfully proclaim the mystery of the gospel, which is fully revealed and is summed up as ‘CHRIST in US!’ May we be taught and warned of any false gospel. Cause us to humble ourselves in obedience. Help us to grow to maturity in You, and to encourage one another to contribute in the battle for our church’s maturity in Christ, even to be willing to suffer Colossians-1-29-His-Mighty-Power-Which-Works-Within-Me-bible-copyfor that goal.

Remind us that as we work and struggle for your glory, it is Your mighty power that works in us! Amazing grace. Amazing love. Amazing Christ. Help us to keep our eyes focused on You this week. AMEN

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

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Pray the Word photoOur Lord, 

We praise You because Your Word helps us to see who Christ really is. Thank you for the centrality of Christ! As we pray the Word today, open our eyes more and more to the reality that the Christian life IS CHRIST. Cause our hearts to know and understand that CHRIST is supreme over EVERYTHING. Thank you that Christ is the visible image of You, our invisible God. Thank you that we can know that Christ existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Christ, You created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. It is amazing to realize that Christ made the things we can see and the things we can’t see- such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. O Lord God, everything was created through Christ and for Christ; that Christ existed before anything else, and Christ holds all creation together. Thank you Lord, that we can see through your scripture, that all the details of our lives find their goal in Christ. Only Christ is the one who can fix and reconcile the world to You. 

Praise you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one!  

christ is supremeAgain we rejoice! Christ is the head of the church, which His body. He is supreme over all who rise from the dead. Christ is first in everything. We praise you Lord for You in all Your fullness was pleased to live in Christ. Through Christ You reconciled everything to Yourself.
It is so amazing! You made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
What a perfect and wondrous plan!

Capture our hearts dear Lord through your Holy Spirit; help us to uphold Christ’s supremacy with our words and attitudes. Help us to take hold of the fact that everything in heaven and on earth is related to Christ and can only be understood through Him. Make it so dear Lord. AMEN

 

 

COLOSSIANS 1:3-14 PRAYER

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Pray the Word photoFather God, we thank you for this prayer in Colossians. As we also pray it, we know that this is Your will for us in Christ Jesus.

We thank You for our church family; their faith in Christ, and love for each other because of the Gospel hope which You have reserved for us in heaven.

We praise You because this same Good News is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed our lives from the day we first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace–just as it did in Colosse so long ago.
Thank you for faithful ministers and the many resources You have given us on our behalf, like Epaphras in Colosse. Thank You God the Holy Spirit, for enabling us to have love for others more and more.
Compel us dear Lord to be steadfast in prayer for one another; that You would give us complete knowledge of Your will, spiritual wisdom and understanding. And as we pray this, cause us to live in the way that we will always honour and please You; that we will produce every kind of good fruit. Help us to grow as we learn to know You better and better.
We also pray that we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so we will have all the endurance and patience we need. May we be filled with joy, always thanking You, Father. For You have enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to Your people, who live in the light.
Thank you for Your rescue from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
As we pray the Word, may it expose, encourage, and enlighten our hearts to what matters. Christ, You are everything! Change us into Your likeness. AMEN.

PRAY THE WORD

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Pray the Word photoI have been sitting in the back garden in the beautiful sunshine a lot—as you do in these Covid days…..

……Thinking and praying of how our summer months will be best spent on GRACE PLACE; post-bible study of COLOSSIANS: ROOTED.

I was so enriched by this letter of  “IF YOU HAVE CHRIST, THEN YOU HAVE EVERYTHING”, that I long for us to process further what we have learned. My prayer is that our hearts and souls will be so saturated and captured by Christ that we can’t help but be transformed more everyday into this reality! It is a daily step by step process as we grow in the Lord, isn’t it?

Well, then it came to me how to spend our summer—— Pray the Word. Pray Colossians!

It helps that the first part of the first chapter IS already a prayer.  The beauty of practising to pray the Word of God is powerful.  Jen Wilkin, in her book, Women of the Word, puts it so poignantly: “The Word is living and active. The Word will conform you by dividing you. And in the dividing, miracle of miracles, it will render you whole.”

colossiansTree[5971]Many times we don’t know how to pray, do we? The Holy Spirit is always interceding for us, thank you Lord. (Romans 8: 22-27) “The Spirit intercedes for his people in accordance with God’s will.” So, sisters, we KNOW that God’s Word is God’s will for our lives, individually; and as a church community. After all, this letter was written to the early church.

In the daily messiness and mundaneness of daily life, praying the Word sets our hearts and minds on the certainty of His will-–  His plan for us! And, this investment in our relationship with God is what will sustain us and enable us to stand firm during the storms and tough circumstances that will no doubt come our way.

So, I welcome you to PRAY THE WORD this summer with me and the team; and with your study buddy.
Use this as an impetus to pray the Word in other passages of scripture! You may even want to write your own prayer from the Colossian passages each week as a form of journaling. There are so many possibilities.
Today’s prayer is a thanksgiving and gratitude to God from Colossians 1:1-2.

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace.”
Lord, we offer up to You our gratitude today. Thank you for giving us the message of the Gospel of Christ Jesus through Paul and his letter to the Colossians. We are comforted and encouraged to know that this is your plan and will many centuries ago in Colosse, and your plan and will for us now in Corsham.

Thank you for Christian friends who are in our lives like Timothy was for Paul, and Paul for Timothy. Lord may it multiply. Thank you, that because of Jesus, we are counted as holy and faithful in your sight. What a treasure you have given us! Help us to remain faithful to this treasure, both individually and in our church family to you God.

Finally, thank you for grace and peace- that can only truly come through YOU, our Triune God. Remind us this week, Lord, the amazing treasure of grace and peace that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. Help us to dig for this treasure this week and to share it with others. For your glory’s sake,  AMEN.