In Touch Daily Devotional 17 August 2023 – A Model for Prayer

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In Touch Daily Devotional 17 August 2023
In Touch Daily Devotional 17 August 2023 – Thursday Daily Devotional Message Written Dr. Charles Stanley

TOPIC: A Model for Prayer

SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:10-14

So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

For He rescued 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.

In Touch Daily Devotional 17 August 2023 MESSAGE

Let’s continue using Paul’s prayer as a model. Yesterday, we made note of the first two requests. Now let’s consider the other four. In Colossians 1, Paul prays that his brothers and sisters would:

• Bear fruit in every good work (v. 10)—The Lord desires that our actions bring Him glory. We all seem to be very busy, but the amount of work isn’t what matters. Instead, we must be sure that the things we do are eternally valuable.

• Grow in the knowledge of God (v. 10)—The apostle’s request is not merely for believers to gain facts regarding Christ. He speaks of a deeper understanding in the heart.

• Be strengthened according to His power (v. 11)—Having endurance and focus in the midst of life’s trials requires God’s strength. Our own simply isn’t enough.

• Walk in gratitude (v. 12)—When we realize where all good gifts originate, we live with thankfulness. Contentment and joy come from a grateful heart, not our circumstances.

Life is busy, so prayer often gets squeezed out of our schedules. We must always remember that lifting our loved ones before God’s throne is far more important than any other task.

Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 28-30

Thought: Don’t let life’s busyness distract you from the important work of intercession.

In Touch Daily Devotional 17 August 2023. Charles Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.

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