Lord Bless Charles …
by Sarah Gudschinsky 1919–1975
… and bless the Gregersons, and bless Marge, and bless …
This is the tenth of June, and custom demands that I pray for my fellow workers listed on Day 10 of the prayer directory. I don’t know very many of these people personally, and I don’t have any recent news, so my prayer is dry and hurried and impersonal – bless the Grubers, and bless … Wait a minute! The next name on the list is my own! And I wonder with shock and horror if others today are praying “… and bless Sarah and bless Shirley … and …” not really praying for me at all.
The apostle Paul lived in a time of poor communication and lack of news. He carried a heavy prayer burden for churches and individuals. Yet I have no impression that his prayer was hurried or dry. It occurs to me that if I use Scripture as a base for my prayer, it may become more meaningful, more like the prayer I need from others. I think I’ll try it with Colossians …
|The Apostle’s Prayer
Colossians 1:9–13 NIV For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
being strengthened with all power 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.
Lord, fill Charles with knowledge of Your will. May he have Your point of view in all things. Keep him from decisions made for self-advantage or according to the perverted standards of this world.
Give him wisdom and spiritual understanding. Deliver him from a dependence on the dishonesty and craftiness of man’s wisdom, from conceit and pride. Grant him the wisdom which is from above: pure, teachable, humble.
Grant that he might bring credit to Your name and please You in all things. Enable him for this not only in his praying and witnessing, but also in the drudgeries of daily living. May small maintenance jobs, errands run, meals eaten, the way he dresses and all else please you.
Make him fruitful in good works. Keep him from any self-centredness or even work-centredness that would keep him from acts of kindness and goodness and generosity.
Increase his knowledge of You. May he see You clearly in Your Word; may he fellowship with You in prayer and meditation; may he be so filled with the Spirit of holiness that he may see You in truth.
Strengthen him with all Your glorious power – the power that raised Christ from the dead. Take his weakness and inability that it might be lost in the ocean depths of your own omnipotence.
Teach him patience and long-suffering. Make him patient with the shortcomings and irritating habits of his co-workers, in all the daily annoyance and friction. Make him patient in the multitude of interruptions of the problem that he has laid out. Enable him to be long-suffering in the unreasonable upsets and delays which slow the work. And grant him patience with himself, with his own faults and weaknesses.
Fill his heart with overflowing joy. May he see Your overruling love and mercy in every circumstance. May he rejoice in opportunities to show forth the patience and meekness that come from You.
Praise be unto You, O Lord our God, that You have made Charles to be fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints of light. I thank You for Your mercy and transforming power in his life.
I thank You for calling him out of the domain of darkness and into the kingdom of Your dear Son. I pray that You would make the deliverance from darkness and sin a practical reality in his daily life. Bring him quickly to conviction and repentance when he falls into sin.
And may all glory be unto Jesus our Lord and Saviour who has pre-eminence in all things.