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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson One

PRAYING ALWAYS            Page 5

V. 3 ** As we move into verse three for today, who is the "we" to whom Paul is referring?

Those that are with him at the time of this writing. Paul, Timothy and possibly:

Tychicus Colossians 4:7
Onesimus Colossians 4:9
Aristarchus Colossians 4:10
Mark Colossians 4:10
Jesus (Justus) Colossians 4:11
Epaphras Colossians 4:12
Luke & Demas Colossians 4:14

** This amazing group of servants join together with Paul in giving thanks to God for the Colossian believers. Was this group thanking just any God, possibly even a pagan god?

No - Paul is very careful to point out that he is referring to the only God, "the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ". Throughout this epistle we will see Paul come back to this all important theme of the link between Jesus Christ and His Father, God Almighty.
cf. Colossians 1:15-19, 2:9-10, 3:1 & 3:4

** How does Paul now represent his true concern for the Colossians?

By telling them that he (and his companions) are "praying always for you". Herein lies the answer to the question put forth at the beginning of our study. "What is our strongest weapon or
tool, which properly used will bring about the spiritual growth, obedience and commitment of our
fellow Christians to the Lord Jesus Christ?"

It is found in our "Praying Always".
cf. Colossians 4:2-3, 1Thessalonians 3:9-10 and Philippians 1:19

** What do you suppose was the content of those prayers?

cf. V.9 - "...that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding..."

** What is the result of those prayers according to verses 10-12?

We walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him, bearing fruit, increasing in knowledge, strengthened in power, attaining all steadfastness and patience, joyously giving thanks to God for qualifying us to be saints in light!!! This again shows the importance of "Praying Always" for our fellow believers.

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