Feb. 15, 2021

What Can We Learn from Paul's Prayer Life? | Colossians 2:1

What Can We Learn from Paul's Prayer Life? | Colossians 2:1

Colossians 2:1, NIV: "I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally."

We’ve been studying the incredible letter from Paul to the Colossians.

Last week, we learned that Paul faced severe persecution for teaching the gospel message of Christ.

His one goal is to present believers fully mature in Christ at the final judgment.

He said that he works hard teaching, correcting, and discipling.

The work is absolutely exhausting, but God’s power surges within Paul giving him the strength to continue his calling.

Paul continues today about his burden to spiritually fight for the believers in Colossae and in Laodicea.

What can we learn from Paul's prayer life?

Listen now and find out in 2 minutes!

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Julie Carruth
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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

 We’ve been studying the incredible letter from Paul to the Colossians. Last week, we learned that Paul faced severe persecution for teaching the gospel message of Christ. His one goal is to present believers fully mature in Christ at the final judgment. He said that he works hard teaching, correcting, and discipling. The work is absolutely exhausting, but God’s power surges within Paul giving him the strength to continue his calling. 

 Which brings us to Colossians chapter two verse one as Paul writes, “I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.”

 At the time of Paul’s writing, it was very common to exchange letters between churches. So, the church in Colossae would get this letter, read it publicly and then send it over to the church in Laodicea which was about 12 miles northwest of Colossae. 

 So, Paul says in today’s verse, “I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea.” 

 This Greek word here for “contend” was familiar to the original readers. Paul’s giving them the image of a Greek athlete in the Olympic games, giving everything they have to win the battle or the contest. The effort that they put forth is so strenuous, so demanding that they almost collapse when it’s over. The same applies to Paul. It’s like he’s exerting every spiritual muscle fighting and praying for them in his spirit. 

 So, why was he fighting so hard? Just like in Colossae, false teachers were permeating the church in Laodicea, leading believers away from Christ, and Paul agonized on their behalf because of it. Now remember, he’d never met these people in person, but he still had such a burden on this heart for them. Here’s a guy who loves to travel and teach. And yet he’s stuck in house arrest awaiting trial in Rome and there’s nothing he can do. But Paul knew the power of prayer during a spiritual battle, and pray he does.  

 So, your Simple Truth for today: Who are you struggling for in prayer today? Just like Paul, God lays people on your heart to pray for. Even people you may have never met before. And while it may be exhausting as you contend for them in prayer, God hears your heart’s cry and answers you.

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 Have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow.