Word of the Day: Colossians 1:3
"We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you…"
During my time with the Lord I have been reading Colossians and I Thessalonians. I am particularly impressed with how Paul demonstrates the significance of his prayer life. In fact, following his greetings and salutations, one of the first things he mentions is that he is praying for the people. When someone tells you, "I'm praying for you," what's your reaction? I know for me it's such an encouragement. I am sure those who were at Colossae (Col 1:2), and those who were the church of the Thessalonians (I Thess 1:1), sensed the same encouragement when Paul mentioned he was praying for them. We are made aware of Paul's commitment to prayer when he writes in Col 1:9, "…we have not ceased to pray for you..." How about that for a prayer life? He didn't just pray once or twice, but never stopped praying for them.
When was the last time you sought to comfort or strengthen someone by letting them know you were praying for them? How many times did you forget to pray? It's easy to get busy. Our challenge is to follow Paul's example in that we not only let others know we are praying for them, but that we may also be able to say to them that "I have not ceased to pray for you." Not only is that reassuring for the person being prayed for, but it's exciting to watch and see how God answers!
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