“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
A short statement but it says so much. Paul is telling the Colossians to continue steadfastly or some translations say earnestly in prayer. They should be vigilant in their prayer life. But not only that, he says to be watchful in it with thanksgiving. Now Paul mentions being thankful in many of his letters. But here he is telling them to pray and then be watchful for your answer that’s coming and go ahead and thank God for it. Kind of puts a little different spin on it. I have some things that I feel I am praying very earnestly about, but I am so guilty of praying so earnestly that I actually get fearful I am not going to get the answer I desire. But Paul is telling us/me to not only pray earnestly but to expect a good answer and go ahead and thank Him for it.
“At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison- that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Colossians 4:3-4
After Paul instructed the Colossians on how to pray, he asked for prayer for himself. But not how I would probably pray if I were Paul. Paul makes mention of being in prison, but his prayer is asking them to pray on his behalf that he would communicate the word of truth clearly. I would probably be praying “get me out of here”. But not Paul, he just casually mentions being in prison, his main goal was his communication of the gospel. I think he got his answer, what do you think?
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:5-6
This instruction is for how we should walk toward those outside the faith. It’s so easy to get upset at those who do not know Christ for the way they treat Christians. It seems the Christians are always the ones persecuted these days and truthfully we see it in scripture and possibly each generation feels that its “the worst its ever been”. However, we are not to join with them in persecuting them. We are to walk in wisdom and to let our talk back to them be gracious and seasoned with salt. We are to follow Christ in such a way that makes others want what we have. When we get angry and self-righteous there is nothing gracious that would be inviting about that. It’s hard sometimes when we feel our faith is being attacked. But we should always keep in mind that they are the outsiders and we should be walking and living in a way that is inviting, gracious, seasoned with salt.
The last verses of this chapter (7-17) are Paul introducing the men that he would have deliver the letter to the Colossians and final greetings. Paul ends this letter as he does many of them in his own hand. It seems most if not all the time Paul has a scribe write most of the letter but he will take the pen in hand as he signs his name to it.
“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” Colossians 4:18
Paul mentions his chains again, but not in a sorrowful way, but more to say this is my authority. I am in jail because of preaching and teaching Christ so don’t forget the why. And again, he extends Grace to the Colossians, just like he does many other times.
Oh sweet Lord, may we continue steadfastly in those things that we are bringing before your throne today and may we expect the answers we desire or even better. Thank you Lord for good answers to the requests we have made. Please help us Lord to walk in wisdom so that others will want to know more about You! And may we extend Grace!
Please pray for the educators and students as more and more schools are trying to adapt to this new normal.