Colossians Bible Study Day 1 of 14
Read Colossians 1: 1-14
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:1-14 (NIV)
Paul opens his letter with words of encouragement to the Colossians, and in his opening message we see that he has a habit of praying for the Colossians. Do you pray for your fellow Christians? This habit is something that we ought to imitate. It is often the most effective thing we can do each day to improve the lives of those dear to us.
You have the opportunity and privilege to talk to the Creator of the universe and ask Him to make someone’s day, month, or life better with just a few thoughts. It is literally our only superpower, but it is a power that we often forsake or discount.
Do not miss out on your opportunity to pray for someone today.
Paul gives several reasons for why he prays for his fellow Christians. For example in verse 3 when Paul says “We always thank God… when we pray for you.” We see that one of Paul’s reasons to pray for the Colossians is to thank God for them.
There are more reasons to pray for Christians. Find some of them in the passage above and then pray those over a brother or sister in Christ.