Colossians 1: Stay Strong
As Paul wrote the beginning of his letter to the Colossians, he is encouraged by how well they’re doing. He has heard a good report of their faith, and he makes sure to let them know that. However, that doesn’t mean that he stopped praying for them.
Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
I know that we can get complacent. It has been said that the Christian life has “mountaintop experiences.” We have these experiences where we feel very close to God, and that is a great thing. I imagine we all have had them in some capacity.
However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t need prayer. It doesn’t mean that we cannot remain vigilant. Paul was praying that the Colossians would continue to walk with the Lord. Even though they were currently doing it, he wanted them to remain steady.
It strikes me then that we need to be careful about this in our own lives. We might feel like everything is going great. Our friends and family are great, our job is great, our church is great and whatever else might be going extraordinarily well. However, we are still human, and we might lose our footing. We might start to trust in our own ability rather than our walk with God. We might forget where our strength comes from.
Paul knew that. He knew that we need the strength of God on a daily basis, so he prayed for the church that they would remain a force for good that they had been.