Grace and Knowledge

I hope that this last week was a very productive one for all of you and that these weekly postings have been helpful and showing you a new perspective on how we pray and use our authority that God has given to us.  How are those saved children of yours?  Please remember to thank God daily for their salvation.  I should have warned you, do not be surprised if after you prayed for your unsaved children’s salvation, the devil  starts to create havoc  in their lives  and things start to look worse than better.  Hold on, things look worse before it gets better- do not give up!!

For this post I am suggesting that our prayer this week be focused on praying that our children will grow in the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of Christ.  Let us look at 2 peter 3:18: But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  To him [be] glory both now and forever.  Amen.

What are we really asking for?  The word grace comes from the Greek word Charis (kha-ece) which means graciousness, that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, favor and loveliness.

The word knowledge comes from the Greek word gnosis– which means the act of knowing.

“But grow in grace” In other words increase in favor, graciousness and in your knowing of our Lord and Savior.  Growth can only happen if the environment is right.  A seed will grow if we put it in the soil, water it and give it plant food.  Growth will have no choice but to happen when the environment is right.

What is the environment for growth?  The word of God, and a prayer life.

2 Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Grace and the knowledge of Christ  puts us on guard and keeps us steadfast (2 Peter 3:17)You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,(NASB) .

This was Paul’s prayer for the Colossians.  Let us look at Col. 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

The more that our children get to really know God, and not just about Him, the more Grace and peace will be multiplied and the less likely they are to make mistakes, to doubt Him, and to lean to their own understanding or the understanding of others.  Grace and Knowledge of Christ will bring them comfort, and peace in the midst of any turmoil that they face.  It will also keep their Hope alive in their future with Christ.  
So as we pray please encourage them to read their bibles and to pray to God for themselves.  If they do not have a bible give them one as a gift, a simple study bible would be great.  If they are still living at home, build in a time for bible study, start out weekly and then gradually increase.  Please remember things do not happen in a vacuum, yes we will pray, but remember change comes from hearing the word.

Father, I thank you for my children that you have so graciously blessed me with.  Today, my prayer is for Grace and Knowledge for them.  I pray God that they will abide in your word and continue to develop their relationship with you.  As they read your word, please give them the capacity to understand it and apply it to their lives.  I thank you that they will remain steadfast and unmovable and will not be carried away by the error of those who are ignorant about you.  I pray that through their knowledge they will become the leaders you have called them to be and not followers. In Jesus name, Amen

In His Service,


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