St. Paul is in prison, with a death sentence hanging over him. But all he sees is his beloved church in Colossae, filled with “the holy ones in light.” I assume he was praying for their strength, their faith, their perseverance. And, no doubt, they returned the favor, that Paul may not fail.
Prayer should be our constant commitment as well. We may be far apart, but praying for each other will bring us closer. And let us pray by name for all who have helped us. As I do in my work with the poor in Honduras, I have a prayer list! I’m sure Paul did the same. Indeed, the letter ends with names especially dear to him, including, “Luke the beloved physician,” (Colossians 4:14) his constant companion.
Let us pray!
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