“God our Father. We acknowledge that we and every other person has his or her origin in you.
We owe you our lives.
Forgive us for the arrogance of thinking we are better or more important that other people.
Let your Spirit work in us to strengthen us.
We want your Spirit to merge with ours.
Make the presence of Christ so real that we sense your love and live from your love.
Help us understand how deep your love is so that it changes us into the very likeness of your Son, Jesus.
You who are all powerful beyond anything we can conceive, we praise you.
Every accolade of worth we throw at your feet.
You alone are God. From your worth all other worth is determined.
For the gift of life in Christ we and all your people worship You.
Together and forever we will sing your praise.
Paul the Apostle prays for the church. The prayer is so profound b/c he is telling us that we have the power and presence of God in the Holy Spirit to help us understand the depth of Christ’s love. This awareness of the profound love of God gives us an understanding of the revealed glory of God for the world.
Paul writes that he’s been given the gift of administering God’s revelation to the world, and our role as believers in Christ is to do the same.
Like a tour guide in a city, our role is to point out all the places where God’s presence is revealed around us. “If you’ll look to your right, you’ll notice Mrs. Jones teaching her 3rd grade class as a believer in God. Notice her careful tone with kids, her loving and generous care for God’s kids as she teaches them to enjoy the world we have. That’s God being revealed in this world, folks.” And as the tour bus moves on, you’ll hear, “Well now, take a look at this, would ya? The people gathered there in that little building singing songs to God are learning how to praise the Father in heaven. As soon as they leave that gathering, folks, their going off to their own respective homes to keep the love of God being revealed in this world.”
What would happen if we all were administers of God’s revealing in this dark world? What kind of place would this be if everything we said, everything we did, everywhere we went, every thought we had were only for revealing God’s work and activity in this world?
Before prayer (above), Apostle Paul says, “Don’t be discouraged that I’m in prison for the Lord.” He is so positive and encouraging to his little flock. What if we cut out criticism from our lives and focused on God’s intention for placing us in situations we face… so that we might reveal His glory there too?
Enjoy the ride – I’m with you all the way… just trying to keep my tour bus microphone working.