I’ve been hanging out in Colossians for a while now and there have been a few verses that have struck me. I’d like to look at one of them for a bit – Colossians 1:11 “strengthened with power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;…”
This verse is a prayer requesting power so that the saints can attain steadfastness and patience. Isn’t it amazing that we can pray for God’s power for each other? That is exciting to me, in that if we can pray for power for our sisters and brothers, then that means that we can be given God’s power.
Ever feel like you need prayer to hang in there, to patiently wait for our Father to act in some manner? I have. What is wonderful to me is that I don’t have to muster up steadfastness and patience by myself. I have a mighty God who is very willing to provide His power to help me to endure and to be patient. Here in Colossians, Paul describes His power, the power that He gives us, as being “…according to His glorious might.” This is a great deal of power, power that I am thankful for.
As I ponder God’s power, some other verses come to mind. The prayers in the book of Ephesians have always been comforting to me. In Ephesians 1:19, we see God’s power again as Paul is asking that they know the “surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” More strong words describing our Father’s immense power for His children. Paul goes on to clarify, just in case we haven’t quite grasped the idea (and I must confess that I still haven’t), by saying, “These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Though I haven’t grasped the extent of His power because God is just too big for my little mind, I am able to see that this is a lot of power!
This power is given for many different reasons in Scripture:
“…that you will abound in hope…” Romans 15:13;
“…the power will be of God and not from ourselves…so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body…” 2 Corinthians 4:7-10;
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19;
that [Paul would] “…preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.” Ephesians 3:8.
These are just a few verses that speak of the power of God for His children. I pray that they encourage you to work diligently for the kingdom remembering that you do so with His incredible power, if you would only ask.