Praying for Other Christians
26 February 2023 PM – Colossians 1:3-8 – Col23 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Have you ever noticed how frequently believers in the Bible included thanks in their prayers? It was a common practice. A large part of our prayers for others ought to include thankfulness.
As Paul and Timothy began this letter to the Colossian church, they devoted 1:3-8 to the topic of giving thanks to God for those believers.
As I was preparing this message, the Lord reminded me that I do not spend nearly enough time in thanksgiving when one of our missionaries reports of people trusting Christ through his ministry. In Luke 15:10, Jesus said, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” If this causes joy in the presence of the angels, then it ought to bring joy and thanks to our lips as we pray for them.
Transition: When praying for other Christians, for what are we to be thankful? We find the answer to this in Paul’s example.
We are to be thankful for their faith, love, and hope