Here we are in May. Graduations for high school seniors, college students, pre-schoolers and kindergartners lurk just around the corner. I volunteered to help plan the baccalaureate service for my daughter’s class. If you aren’t familiar with the baccalaureate tradition, it is a religious service – often interfaith – held before commencement with a sermon featuring farewell words for the graduates. In our case, it is student and parent led and held off campus.
Wanting to make sure my girl got to experience this sweet custom, I met with a group of other moms and discussed speakers, worship songs and scripture readings. Colossians 1:9-12 was bandied about as a great passage for these kids entering a new phase of life. And now I can’t stop praying it for my girl.
For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the [a]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all perseverance and [g]patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in the inheritance of the [i]saints in light. NASB
I also prayed this passage repeatedly for my now grown bonus son during his teenaged years. There is so much here. We could pray a different piece of this passage every day of the week for our loved ones. But for our First Friday Prayer purposes, I’ll condense my prayer to these words for the graduates:
Replace the pronouns with the appropriate ones for the person (or yourself) that you are praying for. Non-graduates included. This passage is great to pray year-round. And I’m praying for you in this. Don’t forget to share on social media or with a friend who could benefit. It would mean so much to me. And if you don’t want to miss a Praying God’s Word Wednesday, subscribe over on the right hand side of this page.
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