Tuesday Study: Colossians

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I’m purposefully keeping this study simple. This time of the year we are inundated with holiday events, special Bible studies, and spending time with family and friends. But taking a few moments to reflect on a few verses can start the mind to move in directions it might not otherwise go.

I don’t pretend to be a theologian or a top-notch student of the Bible. But taking at least a few moments to ask questions on specific verses has had a major impact on my life over the years. So this study will be my answering one question each week. That will take us to December, and we’ll pause until the new year. If you want to share, the comment button is near the top of the page, and there should also be a section at the end for you to comment.

Does your prayer life include thanking God?

There are so many different kinds of prayers. There are specific needs we are urged to pray about, for others, for ourselves. There are general prayers, without a lot of detail, that we pray for people we don’t personally know, but truly want them to experience God in all His fullness in their lives.

Some people are very formal. Some very relaxed. Some have a traditional place and method for praying. I take part in a Monday morning short Facebook study and the teacher starts each session with a prayer that starts with “Good morning Lord.”

I love that. I don’t do that, but maybe someday I will. My prayers usually start with “thank you, Lord.” The pastor who discipled me instilled in me a need for appreciation of God in my life, and the power in praise. So the first few words of my prayers are usually praising, a thank you before I get into other things.

Maybe you are like me, and you have a continuous discussion with the Lord throughout your days. I’ll hear something, or see something, and hear myself saying out loud, Thank You, Lord. Jesus is a friend. The best kind of friend, as He has given me His Spirit to guide me, comfort me, and teach me. So much to thank Him for during my prayer times.

I’ve got some scripture for you to look at to close out our time together.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 107:1 ESV

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Philippians 4:6 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 7:17 ESV

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Ephesians 5:20 ESV

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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Questions to come –

What things were Paul thankful for in these verses?

How does Paul’s prayers relate to our walk as believers?

What promises from God does Paul share in these verses?

Colossians 1:1-14 (ESV)

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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