Always Pray

Oct. 4, 2021

Scripture Readings

Back in the early 2000's, I had the opportunity to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Oklahoma for the Sooners. One of my teammates, Shannon Selmon (her dad was Dewey Selmon, one of the Selmon Sooner and NFL football legends, for those of you who follow) had a beautiful heart for Jesus. I remember her leading a bible study where we had to insert our name in place of 'love' in 1 Corinthians 13. For example, 'Theresa' is patience, 'Theresa' is kind, etc. This exercise stuck with me and challenged me to embody love.


As I read the passages I was asked to write on, I had the same idea, to insert our church body name in place of 'we'. And, my name in place of 'you'. Do we as the Foothills Church and 'I' as a Christian in the city of Calgary embody Paul's prayer for the church? The beginning of Colossians is a letter from Paul to the church in Colosse sending thanksgiving and prayer. Let's try this from verses 3-6. If this is powerful, I encourage you to continue on! Here we go:


vs.3 Foothills always prays for (insert your name), and Foothills gives thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, vs.4 for Foothills has heard that (insert your name) trusts in Christ Jesus and that (insert your name) loves all God's people. vs.5 (Insert your name) does this because (insert your name) is looking forward to the joys of heaven - as (insert your name) has been ever since (insert your name) heard the truth of the Good News. vs.6 This same Good News that came to (insert your name) is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed (insert your name) that first day (insert your name) heard and understood the truth about God's great kindness to sinners.


I want to skip ahead and leave you with Paul's prayer in verse 11 which is a rather timely and needed prayer these days:


Foothills also prays that (insert your name) will be strengthened with his glorious power so that (insert your name) will have all the patience and endurance (insert your name) needs. May (insert your name) be filled with joy.


Amen


Theresa Jantzen Reed