Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:3
Colossians 1:3 ESV
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
While the letter was written by Paul, he was with Timothy and included him as someone he prays with often and “does life with”. Giving thanks to God always was a common practice and encouragement to the people of the early church. Paul often stated that he prayed for other Christians he was writing to by giving thanks to God for them and also praying for them. It is interesting to note that Paul clearly states that he is praying for them and is thankful for them.
EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
It is important to remember to give thanks to God for those who are in your life that are brothers and sisters in Christ. It is equally important to pray for those people.
PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Using Paul’s example, I want to practice thanking God for the Christian family He has placed in my life and also remember to pray for them. Paul was a great example to all Christians, and I find that I personally relate to him and his ministry most in regard to his struggles and his ability to see things very clearly. Praying specifically for those who are in my Christian circles does not happen daily and I need to do this more. I know I can be increasingly more hermit-like, and while I suppose Paul lived some of his later years in prison, he still made time to write letters and let people know he cared deeply for them.
TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen