My prayer for you today is that you will meet with Christ in a personal way even as we meet as His church.
12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise [go to church].
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD—how much more do human hearts [you might as well go to church].
Here is my prayer for you:
My dear children, I strive as in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you. (Galatians 4:19). Remember that when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are [all] sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:4-6).
With this in mind, I ask 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:
1. bearing fruit in every good work,
2. growing in the knowledge of God,
3. being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
4. 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.
We are in the kingdom of light! Let’s live a children of light (Ephesians 5:8).
Abba, May we live in the awareness of You today and every day as children of light. May Your Spirit rejoice in us and may we join Him in the everlasting praise that is going on around Your throne. Make us aware of Your kingdom, LORD, so that we become less attached to this one. Amen.