Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Sat, 15 July – Colossians 1-2 ~ Jesus at the center

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Colossians 1-2 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Lord God, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ: Thank you for making me your own through faith in Christ Jesus; fill me with love in your Spirit for all your people. Continue to build your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven that your word of truth may go forth throughout the world bearing much good fruit and increasing the number of those who are called by your name.

Colossians 1:9-14 (NLT)

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Lord God: fill me with knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding –

+ that I may live my life in a way that honors you;
+ That I may grow in good works and increase in my understanding of you;
+ That I may be strengthened with your power for endurance and joy-filled patience;
+ That I may share in your inheritance – inclusion in your kingdom with its freedom and forgiveness through faith in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NLT)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Lord God: increase my understanding of Christ Jesus, your Son and my Lord –

+ that I may look to him to better understand you;
+ that I may recognize him as the creative and unifying force in all creation;
+ that I may acknowledge him as head of the church through faith and obedience;
+ that I may rely solely on his blood shed on the cross for reconciliation and peace.

Colossians 2:15-20 (NLT)

As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Lord God: enrich me with the treasure of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ Jesus –

+ that I may be encouraged in my walk with him;
+ that I may be rooted and established in his love through faith;
+ that I may be filled with your fullness, the one true God, through his presence living in me;
+ that I may live victoriously over all powers and principalities in this world because of his triumph on the cross.

Lord God, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ: Thank you for redeeming me and reconciling me to yourself through faith in Christ Jesus. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might live in accordance with your Word and serve you until my life’s end – through Christ Jesus my Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Jesus at the Center” – Darlene Zschech


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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