Archive for January 11th, 2011

Colossians 1

Colossians 1 is Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae.  He begins by building them up – and recognizing their teacher Epaphras who has faithfully ministered Jesus to them.  Then Paul gives us an example of how we can pray for each other.  Look at the things they “have not ceased to pray for”:

  1. asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will
  2. all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  3. to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
  4. fully pleasing to him
  5. bearing fruit in every good work
  6. increasing in the knowledge of God
  7. strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might
  8. for all endurance and patience with joy
  9. giving thanks to the Father
  10. to share in the inheritance of the saints in light

What a list of things that Paul lifts the church up around there.  Notice the focus – it is all on knowing God, loving God, pleasing God, thanking God – it is all about living for an audience of One.  There is no “self” in that prayer – it is all focused upward and toward the Father.  We need to pray for each other this way.  Who do you pray for daily?  Who do you lift up with these kinds of words?

But beside the prayer itself, Paul also gives us the reason why we can pray to God.  He lists a bunch of attributes of the Father.  Check these out:

  1. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
  2. transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son
  3. we have redemption
  4. the forgiveness of sins
  5. He is the image of the invisible God
  6. by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him
  7. he is before all things
  8. in him all things hold together
  9. he is the head of the body, the church
  10. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead
  11. in everything he might be preeminent
  12. in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
  13. through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross

Paul is praying and relying on the Father.  He alone is king.  He says it this way “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me”.  Paul has one mission – to share Christ.  He poured out his entire life to share the truth of God’s Word with the Jews but also the Gentiles.  He shared it with anyone who would listen, and many who wouldn’t.  He was passionate about his walk with Christ.  How about you?  Are you passionate about walking with Jesus?  Is that what drives you?

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