Tag: Christ is supreme
Scripture reading for October 4th: Colossians 1:1-19
The Colossian Church was under attack by false teachers. These teachers were promoting religious rituals and were using mystical techniques to move the church members away from Christ and His holiness. It all seemed good on the surface, but it was not of God or Christ or from the Holy Spirit!
“To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints–the faith and love that spring from hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the Gospel that has come to you.” (Colossians 1:2-6a) Paul addressed the ‘holy and faithful brothers’ at Colosse. There was evidently a faithful remnant who were truly saved and filled with the love of Christ. Paul told them that he was praying for them with thanksgiving for the work of Christ in them. The Gospel of Christ always produces fruit of love and faith in those that receive it.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord, and may please Him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you might have great endurance and patience. . .” (Colossians 1:9-11)
I love Paul’s prayers and have often prayed this prayer for myself and others. Paul knew that the best way to love these believers was through prayer. God would give them knowledge of His will as he prayed for them. Paul’s goal was to have them please God, living a life of good works that would bear fruit. The best way to keep them from the false teachers was to pray that the Truth would flood their souls! Why not take time today to pray this prayer for yourself or a loved one? It’s a good way to stay ‘holy and faithful’!