Sunday, February 24, 2008

Perseverance of the Knee-bending Saints

In Colossians 4:2 the Apostle Paul called upon the saints to persevere in prayer. Paul writing from prison didn't ask them to pray for him to be freed. His concern was that the saints carry on the ministry of prayer and not to let their leader's imprisonment cause them to abandon prayer. He didn't see his circumstance as something that should cause them to get discouraged, but rather that they should continue on in prayer being watchful!

Oh don't the disciples wish they would have prayed that way upon Jesus' command in the Garden of Gethsemane? You and I have an opportunity to continue on in prayer watchfully with an attitude of thanksgiving. So, what are you doing? How are we praying during these dark days in which people abandon truth, and do that which is right in their own eyes?

Paul told the Colossians in the next two verses (4:3-4) to pray not for his release, but for a door to be opened for the furtherance of the gospel. He also asked for prayer so that he would speak the gospel clearly.

May we continue on in persevering, watchful, thankful prayer for the furtherance of the gospel! May God give us the words of truth in that moment, and may we communicate it clearly and in love!