10 September 2015
by Philip Layton

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Discussion Questions

  • Do verses 15-20 confirm that Jesus is God made flesh?

  • Who are ‘the Lord’s people’ (v 26)?

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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'

Paul wrote most of his letters to churches he founded himself. He did not establish the church in Rome, nor did he establish the church to which this letter was written. It was probably intended for Epaphroditus. He was from Colossae and, after hearing the gospel, probably brought the good news back to his home town.

The Colossian Christians were on the verge of losing their understanding of the power by which all Christians are able to live. After hearing about this dangerous confusion of thought, Paul writes to instruct and encourage the believers – reaffirming the power and joy which can be theirs, if they believe in Christ. He begins by praying:

We pray this in order you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way … being strengthened with all power … joyfully giving thanks to the Father (vv 10-12).

Prayer is beautiful. Praying for people close to us is wonderful. Praying for people we don’t know is also extremely powerful. Paul prayed for the Colossians, even though he’d never met them, for he was concerned for their spiritual well-being. He thanked God for them, bathing them in prayer. He encouraged them, then told them the gospel was bearing fruit all over the world.

Sometimes we get restless because we don’t see immediate results, following our time of prayer. Yet it’s so important to be consistent in our prayers – for ourselves, our family, for others.

Prayer

Lord, at times I forget to pray for those I don’t know personally. Help me to pray for all people, in order that everyone will receive power, strength, comfort and grace.

Beverly Ivany

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