What It Takes to Boldly Approach the Throne (Part Three)

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This month our study is focused on prayer and what it means to come boldly to the throne of God. If you missed week one, or Week two, you can click on the links to take you there.

Week Three Study Overview:

Today, we will look at a powerful prayer from Paul to the Colossians.

Key Point of Struggle:

How can we ever fully please God?

Key Proof of Comfort:

Oh Lord, You have searched me and Known me. Psalm 139:1

“…To ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

– Colossians 1:9-12

Prayer has become a lifeline for me. Not just because I know that God is the only One who can do the impossible in my life, and the lives around me, but because it deeply connects me to Him. I need those conversations in my life. I’ve learned I don’t do well without them.

One of my favorite parts of reading anything from the apostle Paul is that we are essentially peeking into his mail when opening up the Bible to the books he authored. His letters were meant to encourage, instruct, and warn newly established churches. What is even more powerful to me is that in these letters he sometimes speaks of what he is praying over the people.

I believe God gives us words to pray over specific people and situations. When I was praying to become pregnant and we were facing what seemed an impossible circumstance, God put on my heart to pray these words: “Lord, make a way where there is no way.” I faithfully prayed that each day until He made the crooked way straight and left doctors who told me it was practically impossible to conceive, slack jawed in disbelief. He recently gave me a new word over my writing and speaking ministry. I know the power of what He chooses to hide in my heart, and so I’m praying this new word each day. No one can tell me He didn’t do the same for Paul. With my whole heart, I subscribe to the idea that God put the words Paul prayed, over the churches he ministered to, deep inside his heart. It’s no surprise to me that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write those prayers so that we can know the power they hold.

This morning when I awoke I began to pray the anointed, power-filled prayer from Paul to the Colossians over those I know and love.

This prayer speaks what seems impossible for the human condition, “…that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him.” I often struggle with the sin of my own heart and wonder if I will ever become who God intended me to be. However, I also know the power of our impossible God, the hope He gives, the mercy He pours, and the blood Jesus shed on the cross to gift me the opportunity of allowing my heart to be read through a filter of grace by the Almighty Himself. We have the power to escape the trap of sin because of forgiveness complimentary of agape love.

Today, I pray this prayer in Colossians over you. God looks at our hearts, searches, and knows us. He reads us through filters of grace and mercy through the Power of His Holy Spirit, which promises to break chains that nothing else has the power to break.

  • This week, I want to challenge you to write Paul’s prayer to the Colossians in your journal each day. Yes, that’s what I said. Write that prayer each and every day while committing to pray it over yourself and one other person throughout the week.

Love,

Jennifer

My Colossians Three Endeavor…

Colossians photoI teach a women’s Bible study. Last month I began to share on the book of Colossians. As I began an in-depth study of the book, I knew I had to take my learning a step farther, so I began to memorize the third chapter. And then I challenged the women who attend to do the same.

What I’ve noticed, is that it isn’t the memorizing that is the most difficult part of this study: it’s the conviction to take this knowledge and then live it.

The reason chapter three speaks so profoundly to me is because there is action required throughout the text. The Apostle Paul tells us what to “take off” and “put on.” He is clear about what we are to seek and set our minds upon. Chapter three is a solid foundation for how to live and treat others.

Is there anyone out there who will shout amen when I say it is extremely difficult to put on tender mercy when someone has wounded you? Have any of you ever struggled with putting off anger and wrath?

As fast as I admit to you how difficult this process is, I’m reminded of the fruit of this beautiful Colossians endeavor.

When my life doesn’t go as planned or someone interferes with my peace through inflicting pain, I remember the words in this beautiful chapter. I think hard about the choices I make regarding the situations with which I’m faced. I’m making progress through the guidance of the Word.

I’m hearing other women who are studying with me make statements such as, “I know I need to put on kindness.” and “I’m putting off filthy language.” The instructions throughout Colossians are coming to life in our hearts, and I’m excited to not only experience it myself, but to witness it in other lives.

So today, I want to challenge you to read Colossians three. Maybe even consider memorizing it. If you are working toward active change in your heart and life, digging deep into the word of God never disappoints.

Have you ever memorized a passage in the Bible that made a significant change in your heart and life? Would you care to share?