Colossians 1:1-14

Father, make me more like Jesus.

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Father, in the way that Paul prayed for the Colossians, I pray for me:

FILL ME WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR WILL (v 9 NIV)

“Through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” guide me into a daily walk with You in which Your will governs my thoughts and actions and words.

HELP ME TO LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF YOU, OF BEING CALLED YOUR CHILD; HELP ME TO PLEASE YOU IN EVERY WAY. (v 10 NIV)

Any worthiness I have comes only from You.  I am a sinner, bankrupt without You and Your grace.  You alone, by the sacrifice of Jesus, have made me worthy.  Only by Your power in me and Your grace toward me, can I please You.

CAUSE ME TO BE FOUND “BEARING FRUIT IN EVERY GOOD WORK” (v 10 NIV)

No matter what condition my heart and life are in, Lord, in some way, keep me “bearing fruit,” i.e. making disciples, leading or pointing others to You somehow.

KEEP ME “GROWING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF YOU” (v 10 NIV)

Let me never stop hungering to know You more.  The more I spend time with You, the better I’ll know You.  The better I know You, the greater I’ll trust You.  The greater I trust You, the more victorious I am in this life, whether good times or tough ones.

STRENGTHEN ME “WITH ALL POWER ACCORDING TO YOUR GLORIOUS MIGHT” (v 11 NIV)

Because You are in me, Your strength is in me as well.  You bring all of who You are into all of who I am in order to shape me into all You desire me to be.

SO THAT I “MAY HAVE GREAT ENDURANCE AND PATIENCE” (v 11 NIV)

It’s Your strength in me that makes it even remotely possible to keep on through the hard days and to wait on You, Lord.  Only by waiting on You–Your timing, Your ways–will I enjoy Your best for me.

“AND JOYFULLY GIVING THANKS TO YOU, FATHER” (v 11-12 NIV)

May gratitude well up within my heart–for even the smallest things about You or from You.  May it spring from within me and burst out of my mouth at every opportunity possible, whether alone with You or with others as witnesses.

YOU HAVE QUALIFIED ME “TO SHARE IN THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS IN THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT” (v 12 NIV)

You’ve set me free from the sin that once bound me and kept me from fellowship with You.  You’ve made me part of Your kingdom, a full citizen with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of one who serves the King of Kings.

YOU HAVE RESCUED ME FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT ME INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON YOU LOVE, IN WHOM I HAVE REDEMPTION, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. (v 13-14 NIV)

Thank You, Father, for saving me, for rescuing me from sin … for Your forgiveness, mercy, and grace.  Let’s do today–as I walk with You, and You live in me … Cause my life to reflect the work You’re doing in me to make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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I CAN Trust You

I can trust YouWhen a Woman Trusts God book cover
I know that …
So, why don’t I?
I really have no answer …
Forgive me for leaving You out
I know You have
a special purpose
for my life—
And I am confident
that You will
bring it to completion …
Thank You
for sustaining me
when I falter.

Psalm 55:22,23; 56:3,4
©1985 Kat Kreations/Kathi Isbell

Acts 3

Father, make a difference in my heart that’s daily evident in my life.

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“…Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? … By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this COMPLETE HEALING to him, as you can all see.” (v 12, 16 NIV)

YOU, Lord God, are my Healer.  You are the Maker of my body and You know just how it’s put together and how to mend it when it’s broken.  You, too, crafted my heart and mind.  It’s YOU who knows best how to heal a wounded spirit, a confused mind, a hurting heart.

I run to You, my Daddy …arms outstretched for You to take hold of me and draw me near to Your heart.  I need You, Daddy.  Only You can soothe my troubles and inner storms.  Only You can speak peace and completely make a difference.

Where there is confusion in my mind, I lay that down before You.

Where there is aching in my heart, I lay that into Your hands.

Where there is turmoil in my spirit, I lay that at Your feet.

Where there is temptation in my life, I lay that at Your cross.

Where there is unrest in my soul, I lay that at Your throne

… and I choose to trust YOU to be the God You are

as You work in me to make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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“It is as if God were saying, ‘What I am is all that need matter to you, for there lies your hope and your peace. I will do what I will do, and it will all come to light at last, but how I do it is My secret.  Trust Me, and be not afraid.'”    ~ A.W.Tozer