Read Colossians 1:1-14
From Paul, who by God’s will is an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy-
2 To God’s people in Colossae, who are our faithful brothers and sisters in union with Christ:
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God’s people. 5When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. 6The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. 7You learnt of God’s grace from Epaphras, our dear fellow-servant, who is Christ’s faithful worker on oura behalf. 8He has told us of the love that the Spirit has given you.
9 For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. 10Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. 11–12May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks tob the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. 13He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, 14by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.
This opening passage of Colossians is filled with encouragement and hope. Paul prays for disciples of Jesus who don't only have obedience - but have understanding. Understanding makes obedience possible.
Receive Colossians 1:11-14 as a prayer for you today.