PRAY: Prayer to Let the Word of Christ Richly Dwell
Sometimes, Bible verses seem to leap out at me as I read and become part of my prayers. I’m sure the same thing happens to you. Today, I was meditating on Colossians 3:16 (“let the word of Christ richly dwell within you”) and realized what a beautiful prayer it is. So today,
Father God, I ask You to allow the word of Christ (all His truth) to richly dwell within us so it flows out of us more and more. May it be so abundant in us that Your truth rises up at the moment we need it and enables us to stand against the lies the enemy sends our way.
Lord, when something richly dwells, it does more than make an impression. It abides. It remains. It changes, rearranges, reshapes. I ask You to pour the word of Christ into us in such a way that we can’t remain the same. May each word, each story, each truth come forth and live within us in a way that, again and again, makes us new.
Savior, for those who don’t know You, I ask that Your Word would richly dwell within them as well. May the power of Your word be used of Your Spirit to draw them near to You, to bring them to repentance, to see themselves as You see them and You in all Your glory.
For those who are hurting, God, I ask You to use that same word to bring them comfort, peace, and hope as it richly dwells within them. For those who are confused, Lord, I ask that Your word might richly dwell that they may have guidance and wisdom for the steps that lie ahead. For those who feel abandoned, God, I ask that the loving power of the word of Christ would remind them of the breadth and depth and length and height of Your love. And for those who have walked away, I ask that this word would richly dwell within them—even when they reject it—and draw them back into close fellowship with you.
Thank You that not just the word but You came to richly dwell. May You and Your word live within us as we die to ourselves and live to You. In Your holy name I pray—AMEN.
Do you know someone in whom the word of Christ “richly dwells”? How do you know? What do you see or experience? Feel free to tell us about them or leave a prayer request in the comments below (or via email via the link on my home page). Thanks for praying with me today!