For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: Colossians 1:9-13
What an awesome experience to read Paul’s letters to the early church!
There was a lot of persecution and trouble for the early saints.
Paul wrote that he never ceased to pray for them, and that his desire was that they be filled with knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual understanding. He wanted them to walk ‘worthy of the Lord’, pleasing Him completely. The verses go on with Paul’s desire that they should be fruitful in every good work, increasing their knowledge of God, strengthened in the glorious power of the Lord, thanking God, because He made us heirs with fellow saints, and has delivered us from the power of darkness, and ‘translated’ us into His Son’s kingdom!
I would think that the Colossian Christians found Paul’s letter such an encouragement.
To know that someone is praying for you, and is desiring good things for your faith, means so much, especially in times of trouble!
For many Christians, they feel alone, and don’t have the body of the church praying for them.
I am convicted in reading the introduction to Colossians, and I am encouraged too! I need to pray more for my fellow sisters and brothers in the Lord! I am challenged by this verse to pray for the pastors, and the body of Christ more often, and with the same desire that Paul had for the Colossians.
Dear Jesus, please bless all those who follow You. Give us wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Make us fruitful in every good work! Increase our knowledge of You daily, strengthen us with all might, according to Your power. Help us to be joyful, patient, and longsuffering! Thank You for saving us from the power of darkness, and translating us into Your kingdom! Help us to be totally pleasing to You! In Jesus’s Name, Amen.