For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. — Colossians 1:13

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

People from all over the world and from many different nationalities read Today’s Verse. While our national origins and ethnic heritages are different, we are members of one Kingdom. Our allegiance transcends race, culture, language, and nation. Why? Because we’ve been rescued from the dominion that holds sway over race, culture, language, and nation. That dominion divides us and makes us suspicious of each other, leading to hatred and warfare. We’ve been given a more glorious Kingdom! We’ve been made into a more glorious and colorful race! We are God’s children and part of the Kingdom of the Son he loves.

My Prayer…

Use us, O Father, to break down the barriers that separate peoples on the basis of temporary externals. Make us into a Kingdom of character, hope, and love. Cast all darkness out of our hearts. Shine the light of your grace through us to our world so people can see us a healing for the nations. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only true Savior of all peoples, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

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