Text: Colossians 1:3
…praying always for you.
- 1:3 giving thanks
- What you are thankful for says a lot about your relationship with the Lord.
- Paul is thankful for their faith, love toward the saints, and hope laid up in heaven.
- Most professing Christians get more excited about a sports event, a sale, a movie, a celebrity than they do what God is doing.
- Now, those same folks would philosophically agree that Jesus Christ dying for sins is of greater importance than a baseball game. But, when the opportunity presents itself to tell someone else about Jesus Christ dying on the cross for their sins or a baseball game, that same churchgoer will choose the game.
- That’s because those who profess Christianity regularly subject themselves to the world’s influence while denying its influence.
- Sure we love the Lord, but if you think we’re going to spend more time with a book that we claim to be true and the source of life and light than with our video games and sports, you’re out of your mind.
- 4:12 …ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
- This is the prayer that the Colossians would be perfect and complete, so not lacking anything in their service to God.
- Matthew 19:20 …what lack I yet… Covetousness was robbing this young man of his ability to participate in eternal life.
- Colossians 2:10 …complete in him…
Continuing in prayer
- This means the Father’s throne is always available by the Lord Jesus Christ
- pray without ceasing it means God is listening without ceasing.
- Veil has been torn down. The opportunity in Jesus Christ is wide open now.
- Hebrews 4:15-16
- The Old Testament illustration of this in the high priest in Exodus 30:1-8. Jesus Christ is the high priest.
- Weakness of the flesh
- Disciples told to pray in the garden so they will not enter into temptation. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Your flesh convinces you prayer is not worth it.
- …for you.
- Like high priest entering holy place with the names of the tribes of Israel on the breastplate.
- Dispatch laborers like in Acts with Peter and Cornelius, Paul at Philippi; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he send forth laborers.