We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you (INSERT YOUR NAME), because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from (INSERT YOUR CHRISTIAN MENTOR’S NAME), our dear fellow servant, who is faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
This book, Colossians, was written by Paul the Apostle and Timothy to the church of Colossae, a small city approximately 100 miles from Ephesus. This verse has captivated me recently. I love reading the letters from or to the church plants of Paul; they speak so much to the relevancy of current church culture… and culture in general fascinates me; how to implement it, how to cultivate it, where it thrives and where it dies. I’m guessing we all have some form of wounds from the church – even if we have forgiven and moved past them. Paul understood one wonderful thing – the need to affirm others for their obedience to the will of God.
My goal today was to encourage you if you are serving in a church or a ministry of some kind. Read the above verse as if Paul himself is writing to you! I believe in some way, Paul is actually praying for you still. I believe prayers are gifts that have the ability to transcend generations. You might also read the verse as if it is a prayer to God.
I hope you find peace in knowing others have gone before you, others pray for you, Jesus sees your heart and your obedience, and He is so proud of who you are.