Oct. 16. Prayer and Christian Living Emphasized as Paul Closed Colossian Letter

Col. 4:2-18

Next to salvation, the ability to pray is probably the greatest blessing that Christians receive from God. It may also be one of the most misused privileges.

Paul instructed the Colossians to continue in prayer—not just as an emergency tool during times of trouble, but as a constant open door of communication with God. He especially urged them to be thankful and to pray that doors of opportunity to preach the gospel would be opened for him. (Major points needed in today’s prayers.)

Christian influence is a key to opening many doors of opportunity into the hearts of sinful man. Paul reminded the Colossians that they were being observed by those who were outside the church and that they should conduct themselves accordingly.

As Paul concluded his epistle to the Colossian church, he sent greetings from those who were working with him. One of those was Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. Note that whatever problems Paul had with Mark that caused the dissension between himself and Barnabas in Antioch at the beginning of his second missionary journey several years earlier have been resolved and that Mark and Paul are working together in Rome.

Paul instructed the Colossians to allow the church at Laodicea to read this letter after they had read it; then read the letter from Laodicea. It is thought that the “epistle from Laodicea” was a copy of the letter to the Ephesians that Paul wanted to be shared among the churches of that region. In closing, Paul again requested the prayers of the Colossians.