What A Prayer!
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:9-10
Heard what? Why did Paul and Timothy make this amazing statement? Colossians 1:4-5 gives us the answer: They heard of the Colossians’ faith in Christ Jesus and the love they had for all the saints, which was due to the hope (i.e., guarantee) of eternal life laid up for them in heaven. And so, this caused Paul and Timothy to pray…and pray…and pray for them!
But this is no ordinary prayer! Take a look at all of the BIG words in the prayer in verses 9-10: Filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…fully pleasing to Him…bearing fruit in every good work. The prayer goes on past verse 10, but the amazing possibilities in just these two verses are overwhelming! What if you and I were filled with knowledge of God’s will? And it was with all spiritual wisdom and understanding? Wouldn’t we like to be fully pleasing to Him? And who wouldn’t want to bear fruit in every good work? This is my prayer for myself…and for you!
- We’ve still been posting the job for our senior high youth pastor position on various schools’ job boards and ministry job search websites, as well as networking with many people we know. After a slow period when we weren’t finding many candidates, we’ve had a recent surge. We’re evaluating 10 or so candidates more closely at this point, and will likely interview 5-6 of them. After that, we’re praying that a few finalists will emerge for extended interviewing and evaluation with our team, which includes students and parents. We still plan to involve them at the right time. Stay tuned.
- This whole season has taught us to (1) trust the Lord at greater levels, (2) more carefully consider and actually do what matters most in ministry, and (3) involve the body more and more in the work of ministry. We’re still convinced God is in charge, His timing is perfect, and we’re walking in obedience as best as we can discern. These are all GOOD things! And Galatians 6:9 reminds us to “…not grow weary of doing GOOD, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” So like the saying goes…It’s all GOOD!
- Colossians 1:9-10.
- Provision of a senior high youth pastor, and continued spiritual growth and unity of our students.
- Continually strengthened trust in God, His will, His ways, His timing, and His ultimate provision…because it’s all GOOD!
Grace & Peace,