January 26 – Colossians 4:10-12

Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February,  when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Colossians 4:10-12

10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

SOAP Note

Faithful Prayer | Kathy Page

Scripture

Colossians 4:10-12

Observation

Epaphras was struggling and persevering in prayer for the people he loved.  He had invested in them initially by sharing his faith with them.  Even though he was not there physically with them, he continued to invest in them in one of the most important ways, by lifting them up in prayer.

Application

Nothing can bring me nearer to God and lead me deeper into His love than the work of intercession.  Nothing can give me a higher experience of the likeness of God than the power of pouring my heart out to God in prayer for those around me. God is in charge of molding the heart, so it is important for me to petition God to keep me and those whom I am praying for aligned in His will.

Jesus Himself molded for me what it means to be in faithful prayer.  His whole fellowship with His Father is prayer – an asking and receiving of the fullness of the Spirit for His people. If Jesus felt the need to intercede with His heavenly Father, how much more is this need in my life!!

Prayer

Father, help me to pray faithfully for all of Your people. Keep me standing firmly in Your will and growing in the grace of Jesus, Your Son, my Savior.  Amen.

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  1. In the NLT translation, verse 12 says that Epaphras is always praying earnestly for them. That God would make them strong and perfect, fully confident that they are following the whole will of God.

    What a beautiful prayer! I want to be prayed for like that, and I should be praying for others that way as well. Imagine how strong the community of believers would be if we were ALL praying for each other this way! It’s a lofty dream, but nothing’s impossible with God. And if I want to see change, I need to be the change so I will do my part.

    God, I lift up my community of believers – my family, my church families (past and present), my neighbors, my moms group ladies – and I ask that you make them, and myself, strong and perfect, fully confident that we are following Your whole will. Please help me remember to be praying this earnestly and at all times. And I pray that soon every believer will be praying this all over the world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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