We are so quick to tell each other, “Don’t take it personally” when someone goes off on us, whether at home, work, around the neighborhood, in traffic, or the typical trash-talk between Dodger and Giants fans (which by the way is hard to not take that personally 🙂 ). But I think it is VITAL for us to take Colossians 1:9-14 personally before we can pray that way over others.
Colossians 1:9-14 is a beautiful prayer that Paul penned and prayed over the church at Colosse. And I’m convinced that the reason he could pray this way over his brothers and sisters in Colossae is because he had experienced the reality of these things personally. So as I read it this morning, I then re-read it in the first person as a conversation with God (never having done this before with this passage) and it changed everything. Here it is:
…asking that I may be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of you, fully pleasing to you, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of you. May I be strengthened with all power, according to your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to you, who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. You have delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of your beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Take it personally. Make it so personal that you can’t escape the depth of the meaning behind each word and plea. Make it personal and rest in the fact that God desires to answer this request every time.
Take it personally and then I’m convinced that it will change everything. Then pray it for and share it with others.