Colossians 1:1–14 (NRSV)
Chapter 1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, Verse 2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Verse 3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Verse 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, Verse 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel Verse 6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. Verse 7This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, Verse 8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
Verse 9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Verse 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. Verse 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully
Verse 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Verse 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, Verse 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Prayers of intercession are an important part of Christian life and community. We are a community of faith, bonded together by the love and hope which have been given to us through Jesus Christ.
When someone asks me to pray for them or someone tells me they are praying for me during a difficult time, it gives a sense of comfort and strength to know that I am not alone. We have a good example in Paul who addresses those in the Colossian community as “saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” I would hope that we too would address one another in the same way as we carry out our varied ministries—finding strength in God, bearing fruit, enduring our trials with patience, and joyfully giving thanks.
Fill us, Lord Jesus, with your Spirit to face whatever this day might bring to us. Amen.