This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

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.