Tuesday Study: Colossians

Today’s question: How do Paul’s prayers relate to my walk as a believer?

When I read the prayers listed in Colossians, I wonder if I am praying the same things. Am I seeing the same results that Paul has seen? In just a few sentences, an entire life of prayer is revealed, as are the results. It is continual proof of how scripture is a roadmap to the life Christ has set forth for us.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a theologian. What I am is someone who believes that the Bible offers a deep and loving conversation with anyone who chooses to spend time with it, ask questions, trust that the answers will come. If I believe, if I know, that the Bible is God-breathed, then how can I not have that trust? How can I not accept that the answers will be according to His will, not mine, in a plan I may not totally understand but know is for my very best?

Colossians 1:3-9

the love that you have for all the saints

As a believer, can I honestly say that I love all other believers? Is my faith at a point where I can love brothers and sisters in Christ without caring that their worship method might be different from mine? Can I love without undeserved judgment of other lives clouding my mind and my heart? After all, if they have confessed their sin, are walking in the knowledge they have with teachings of the Bible, and are living a life in the power of Christ, can I justify not loving them just because we are different. Didn’t scripture clarify that as believers, we are all different parts of a body, each relevant, each needed and nurtured?

because of the hope laid up for you in Heaven.

Is the focus of my prayers, for myself, for others, based on the powerful hope of Heaven? Have I grasped the reality of eternal life and remain diligent to pray for others, hoping, believing, that we will walk that path to Heaven together?

this you have heard before in the word of the Truth, the gospel,  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

Am I continually experiencing the Truth of the gospel? Can I say my interaction with the gospel, the Truth, the grace that I have received will impact others with increased measure? Am I bearing fruit?

faithful minister of Christ on your behalf  and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

If I’ve heard it, learned it, believed it, am I faithful to make it known to others? Not only for me but for them? Do I eagerly share how Truth impacts my life? Not just that first ah-ha moment, but with each revelation given daily? Do I let the people who have shared with me know how much it means to me that they cared enough to share, and I want them to see the impact their sharing the Truth, their love in the Holy Spirit, has had on my walk with Jesus?

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Many questions were brought up in just a few verses. What touches my heart, my mind could very well be different than yours. And tomorrow, an additional list of questions might come up as my education in the life of a believer continues.

I hope you can find your way to communicate with God, whether it’s asking yourself questions like I do or putting your own creative methods into practice. The Truth is, you are loved, treasured, and as a believer, you are part of the beautiful family of God.

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Questions

What things were Paul thankful for in these verses? 11/9

How do Paul’s prayers relate to our walk as believers? 11/16

What promises from God does Paul share in these verses? 11/23

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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