Saturday, July 29, 2023
I love Paul's letter to the Colossians for several vital reasons:
Even though Paul had never been to Colosse, he was a great blessing to them (and to us) through his letter and his prayers for them. Our verse reminds us of the incredible power of praying for new believers and sharing that prayer with them. In his prayer, Paul gave thanks daily for them — and they needed to know that. Paul prayed to reassure them that they could grow in wisdom and understanding about Jesus as they lived to please the Lord and produce His good fruit in their lives. At the same time, Paul is also reminded them to continue to grow in their relationship with God.
Isn't this what we need to do for our newer brothers and sisters in Christ?
Yes, this is something we can do and something our new brothers and sisters in Christ need!
Father, we ask your forgiveness for not watching after new believers with more passion, concern, and love. We don't want the deceiver and evil one to separate one of these precious lambs in your flock from Your people. We don't want them discouraged or downhearted. So, dear Father, use me to be a loving friend to new believers as I pray for them, encourage them as they grow, and reassure them that they can and will grow in their knowledge and likeness to Jesus as they pursue Him as their Savior and Lord. Thank you for Paul's example of showing this loving concern for Your people. In Jesus' name, I pray and ask for this grace. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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