Tonight I plugged DH into the dialysis machine. So far so good. It will fill up and empty his peritoneum 6 times tonight, letting the liquid “dwell” in between so it has a chance to pull the toxins out of his blood.
Unless there’s a flood. PRAY (if you feel so led)!!
So, tonight I was torn between the amazing description of Jesus in Colossians 1, or the part where Paul prays for the fledgling church. Since I asked for prayer, I think I’ll expound on that part of the passage:
And so, from the day we heard [of your new faith], 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.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:9-12 ESV)
Ok, so what does this prayer have to do with how we pray?
Not much. That’s just the point. Because I think our prayers can be so pitiful: laundry lists of just what God can do for us to make life easier (like the one I requested above?!).
I know. I am being a bit negative, but sometimes I get tired of all the requests for physical and emotional needs (like mine above!) we place before the throne. That’s not what Paul prays for here.
How would we personally mature and how would the church change if we constantly prayed as Paul did, that we would:
- Know God’s will (with wisdom to apply it and the ability to filter what we see and hear through it)
- Obey God’s will (walk in a worthy manner)
- Fully please God
- Bear fruit (in good works and in the lives of others)
- Be strengthened with His might to endure tough times with joy
- Give thanks in all things
That’s the least we can ask for in our lives considering the fact that through His blood,
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1: 13-14)
Today’s Readings: Jeremiah 5:1-6:30, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 27:3-4, Colossians 1:1-2:5. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).