We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
Paul opens his letter to the believers at Colosse (Colossae) with an prayerful appeal. In verses 3 through 6, he offers prayerful thanksgiving for the believers themselves and their faith and “love for all saints.” He shares that he is thankful for what God has done with these believers and through them in the form of “bringing forth fruit.” In verses 9-14, he shares that he and Timothy (Timotheus) have prayed for the Colossians to continue living by faith by “being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” He shares his thankfulness to the Lord for what He has done among these believers and his trust in the Lord for what He will continue to do among and through these same believers.
He asserts his authority of “an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God” within the very first words of the letter. As a missionary, he educated these believers and some like Epaphras, his “dear fellow servant” educated Paul and Timothy of the people and their “love in the Spirit.” As a minister, Paul sought to soak the Colossians down in prayer for the sake of the gospel so that they could live on as testimonies of God’s tremendous work. He was purposeful in his prayer for these believers, sharing that he truly hoped that the Lord would help them to grow stronger in faith and their knowledge of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.
What if we prayed with more purpose regarding our fellow believers? What if we thanked God for what He had already done for them? What if we offered God our prayers, fully trusting Him to supply and strengthen our fellow believers? Imagine how much more unity we would experience if we expressed that prayerfulness for our brothers and sisters in Christ openly and publicly, standing together as one body, the Body of Christ.
It is my belief that we would experience more power if we would become both prayerful and purposeful. We need to become more prayerful, praying for one another. We need to become more purposeful, recognizing our God-given purpose to serve the Lord and support one another. That would help us to live a little more like Paul, Timothy, Epaphras and the believers in Christ in Colosse.