Dearest Beloved Saints & Fellow Servants
It is unfortunate that I have such a big mouth and know that longer posts are not often read. But if I commented and questioned every time I had the urge, the post would be a book. Forgive me but there are a few items between last week’s and this weeks verses that I’d just burst if I couldn’t get it out.
1.In verse 8 we learned that Epaphras has spread the word about the Colossians love in the Spirit. I so much appreciated the comments on agape love. There is a completeness when we hear from many. The separate point that I wanted to bring up here is that often I feel squeamish to say “I love you” because it sounds lovey-dovey and I am a married man and there are women in the group. But I want you women to know, even when I message you individually, and I tell you that I do love you, Paul has put it perfectly when he says that we love in the Spirit. That is what I mean - a genuine pure love but it is not just talk but truly meant. Thanks Paul!
In verse 9, Paul says something that has bothered me and that is he prays for people unceasingly. How can that be? As I biked along today, I felt that he was saying that he never gave up on praying for them. That it was not a ceaseless flow of words but that it was sustained prayer. One of you knows of my struggle with prayer lately - that it’s not effective but that is also what Paul prays - that they would be filled with the knowledge of His will!! How those words ministered to me!!! But I’m deviating, so much question to you is what is meant by praying for someone without ceasing?
Verse 10 speaks of increasing in the knowledge of God. We may live to be100, but continuing to know God never ends! (That’'s part of his ceaseless praying.) But my question is prior to those words, Paul is still telling of what he is praying for them and he mentions that he prays that they will lead a life worthy of the Lord. How can we ever be worthy?
Sorry - but I’m not truly I guess or I wouldn’t have been so mouthy. Anyway, here is what we have this week. We all have favorites but these verses were like food to my soul:
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
Colossians 1:10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, (NIV)
Colossians 1:9 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,
Colossians 1:10 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; (ESV)
Colossians 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (NKJV)
I have not received a lot of response to my idea of posting the prayer requests. If you message me or email me at [email protected], I will put all of the requests together and post them on Wednesday. Obviously, you can post your own at any time but I’m trying to be sensitive to those who don’t want to wade through prayer requests as well as to those who want to take it seriously but can’t find them all. I will do this weekly but need your updates on the given items as well as new items. I take prayer so seriously and important as, even we see it this week in our memory verses that Scripture and prayer seem to go together. Would all of you mind starting over again and send them to me so I won’t be accidentally neglecting someone’s prayer request? Let’s be a team that prays together that the prayer list always shrinks. Again, don’t feel obligated but we only want those who want to. Personally, I feel so privileged to pray for you!
Thank you Jesus for bringing us together! Lord, we would have never dreamed that we would be talking with those of us whom You have put together. How gracious You are. Thank you for the 48 miracles here. 48 selfish, hard-hearted people that turn their lives over to you so that You are their Lord. That’s more of a miracle than raising a body from the dead. We owe it all to you, precious Savior. We do love you with all of our hearts and thank you that in the days ahead, that capacity to love you more will only grow! Lead us as one Body in You. We ask this in Your precious Name wonderful Savior and Friend!