Special request: Persevering in prayer in times of struggle and hardship.
St. Paul, please never cease praying for us, who are in such dire need. Through your intercession may we grow in wisdom and all manner of spiritual understanding so that we may conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Lord. Multiply our good works and help us be steadfast in our resolve to live and love the way the Lord has taught us. More then anything else we, too, want to share in the light of the saints both now in this darkened world and eventually with you in eternity. May we not be misled by empty philosophies or mere human traditions (Col 2:8). May we avoid being confused by spurious visionaries but cling to sound doctrine (Col 2:18). May we be free from a scrupulosity that would fill our lives with endless rules and regulations and rob us of joy (Col 2:21-23). However, let us recognize the evil of sin and avoid fornication, evil desires, malice, greed, wrath, obscene language and slander. (Col 3:5 & 8). May we be clothed in compassion, humility, patience, gentleness and the capacity to forgive others and bear with one another (Col 3:12). Above all else through your intercession may we be clothed in love. Help us, persevere in prayer with a sense of thanksgiving even in hard times. When you were chained and imprisoned you were able to bless your persecutors and sing the praises of God. From your prison cell you were able to teach people how to be truly free. Give us this freedom and aid us in those everyday struggles that might wear us down. Help us so that we will be in a position to help others. Amen.
Paul had never been to Collossae but had heard about the faith community there and rejoiced in its growth. However, it was experiencing controversies and disputes about the true meaning of the Gospel. In response to these difficulties he wrote this inspired letter.
St. Paul’s Prayers and Thoughts:
Colossians 1:3-14 “When we pray for you we gives thanks through the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because we’ve heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints which comes from the hope stored up for you in heaven …
Therefore, from the day we heard of you we haven’t ceased praying for you. May God fill you with the knowledge of His will through wisdom and all manner of spiritual understanding that you might conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Lord and fully pleasing to him—fruitful in every type of good work and increasing in knowledge of God. We pray that you will be strengthened with all the power of His glorious might so that your steadfastness and patience will be perfected and you may joyfully give thanks to the Father Who made you worthy to share in the portion of the saints in light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son by whom we are redeemed and our sins forgiven.”