Friday, January 26, 2007

Prayer (Colossians 1:9)

Paul begins his letter to the Colossians by revealing his consistent prayer for them. This makes it perfectly clear what Paul is expecting God to do in their lives and what they should be expecting as well. Telling others specifically how we are praying for them can be a great encouragement. This prayer also stands as an excellent example of how we should pray for each other.

We are actually commanded to pray for each other. "[Pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). We are not to pray sporadically but "always" and with "perseverance". We must not sleep on the job like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-46). They failed to pray for Jesus when He needed them most. Lets not fail each other in our times of great need.

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