Colossians 4: Will You Continue In Prayer?
Verse of the Day: (V2) “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
1. Continue (V1-6)
V2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
Apostle Paul encouraged the Colossians Christians to continue in prayer and watch with thanksgiving, though they might not get immediate results and things seemed impossible. Though Paul requested prayers from them that he might be delivered out of his prison because of his faith in Christ, yet he knew that it was God’s will for him to be imprisoned. While in prison, Paul had many opportunities sharing the gospel of Christ to his fellow unbelieving prisoners, and even to the prison guards. Indeed, many times our prayers seem unanswered, not because God does not hear us, but He is testing our patience and faith in Him, and at the same time, He desires to draw us closer to Him and His Word.
V3 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”
2. Comfort (V7-11)
V7 “All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:”
The ministry of Paul was not only to share the gospel to all around him, but to love and comfort those who were hurting and suffering. Let us not only share the gospel of Christ, but to love and comfort everyone around us, so that they can truly experience the love of God in and through us, and believe and receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour.
V8 “Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;”
3. Complete (V12-18)
V12 “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
Paul commended Epaphras that he had great zeal and love for the Colossians Christians, and had been fervently and unceasingly praying for them that they would be perfect and complete in their testimony for Christ. Let us therefore continue in prayers and watch with thanksgiving for one another that we be perfect and complete in doing God’s will.
V13 “For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to continue in prayer and watch with thanksgiving.