As I think back on the year we have just finished, I can’t help be be ever so thankful to God for what He has blessed me and my family with. Our God is an amazing God, and there is truly none like Him.
Even though God is not confined by space and time, we here on earth are bound by its limitations. The start of the New Year is probably not that big of a deal to God. For various reasons, however, we as humans are infatuated by the end of a year and the beginning of a new one.
For many of us, it gives us a chance to put something behind us. For some, its a time to make resolutions for the new year. While thinking of how I want to start my 2012, my mind goes to Colossians 1:9-14.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may life a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in ever way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all peer according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I look at this and wonder about a lot of things, namely:
1. What would our lives look like if in the past we had taken time to pray this prayer for ourselves and each other?
2. What could our 2012 look like if we do the same?
When was the last time you prayed for God to fill you with the knowledge of His will? Not just a tiny bit, but filled! Wouldn’t you love to be filled with the practical knowledge of God’s will? Wouldn’t you love to understand even more what God has in store for you in your life? Instead of guessing, why not pray that his will be revealed in your life?
In verse 10, Paul prays that the Colossians will also bear fruit in every good work. Not just one good work, but in every good work, so God will be glorified! Are you being fruitful? Are you willing to pray for God to help you bear more fruit for Him in 2012?
He also prays they will grow in their knowledge of God. Think of the impact you can have on your life and others if you pray to grow in the knowledge of God, and pray the same for others! How will you daily increase in your knowledge of God this year?
Finally, Paul prays they will be strengthened with all power so we can have endurance and patience. There is a power to experience, a glorious wondrous power to experience, if allow God to do so. Remember, Philippians 4:13? I can do ALL things through Christ.
He also prays for their patience. Were you lacking in patience in 2011? Maybe its time to step up and pray for more of it. I know I need it. Patience is so hard to have, that maybe it would serve us well to pray for more of it!
God, will you bless us in 2012? May you help us to desire to be filled with your will. May we be filled with your wisdom and spiritual understanding. In 2012, may we walk in a way that is worthy of wearing your name.
May we bear good fruit this year.
May we grow in our knowledge of you.
Will you please give us the endurance we need to make it through this year? We know there will be constant attacks from the evil one.
Will you give us patience with each other, with the world, with everyone we come in contact with?
Bless us in these ways, so we can share in your inheritance!