This week we finish Philippians and move into the letter to the church in Colosse. Paul writes this letter to a young church that was started by his friend Epaphras. These new believers are being challenged by a group of people that had adopted a view of faith that they claimed gave them “special knowledge” that ran counter to the teachings of Jesus. Like today, there are those who crave to be unique and above others, leading them into dangerous areas of thinking. Paul warns about this in Colossians 2:4, “I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.” The first 2 chapters of the book give solid and concise theological teaching that a healthy faith should be grounded in.
We also find in chapter 1 a great model prayer, “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy…” Colossians 1:9-11 (NLT)
I love this prayer because it addresses needs every follower of Jesus has whether they are brand new or a seasoned veteran. Not only that but this whole letter gives specifics as to how to put the elements of the prayer it into practice. I use this as a guide when I pray for others and as an answer when people ask how to pray for me. As I am writing this post I am making this my prayer for you too!