Prayer: A Language Everyone Should Learn

 

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”  Colossians 4:2

Prayer

It is a language known only by those who speak to the living God.

A Conversation

Prayer opens conversation between the created and his Creator.

An Avenue

It is the avenue through which petitions are made and answers received.

An Intercession

Prayers are also intercessory.  They stand between the guilt-ridden and the God who alone can forgive the guilty.

A Supplication

Prayers are supplications.  They recognize that God is the supplier of all our needs.

A Path to Healing

Prayer can bring healing. James 5:13 asks us, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.”

Apostle Paul reminds us to “Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Prayer

A Cry for Help

It is a mighty weapon that can bring God to our assistance when we are right with Him.

A Gift of Comfort

Prayer can give us comfort, strength, and direction for the days ahead.

Prayer also gives protection. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41

A Pathway to Joy

Finally, prayer can bring joy. “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:  ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

If we can learn the language of prayer and communicate with our Heavenly Father, then as we abide in Him and His word, we can “ask what [we] will, and it shall be done unto [us].” John 15:7

©2017 Peggy Clark

For more research on Colossians, check out the commentary, So, What's the Latest News? Messages from a Prisoner in Rome by Peggy Clark.

 

Walk in Wisdom Colossians 4:4

Walk in Wisdom, Colossians 4:4

 

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:4

 

We have a short time to live on this earth; therefore, we must redeem the precious time that has been given to us of God.

Making every moment count for the glory of God is paramount.

Time wasted can never be retrieved.

 

  • We cannot retrieve the moments that a door of opportunity was given to witness to a lost soul when we did not choose to enter it.

 

  • We cannot retrieve the words that are spoken in haste that harms the hearer.

 

  • We cannot retrieve the viewing of a moment spent in sinful living that may cause a lost person to reject God’s truths.

     Walk in wisdom before the lost.

 

The Lord tells us to walk in wisdom before the lost. Knowing how to walk in wisdom is necessary because we come in daily contact with lost people who do take notice of the way we live.

 

  • We are expected to have a Christ-like spirit. Our joyful attitudes can cause others to desire the joy within us.

 

  • Our speech can bring health to others. A downcast soul needs the watering of a good and encouraging word.

 

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”  Proverbs 12:18

 

  • Our walk in wisdom will also have the effect of making others wise.

 

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”  Proverbs 13:20

 

Our testimonies are a precious thing. Because of the far-reaching influence that our testimonies have, it is of utmost importance that we learn to walk in the wisdom that is given to us of God.

Are you walking daily in the wisdom of God?
Are you struggling to make decisions that will glorify God?
Are you daily praying for God’s guidance in all the affairs of life?

Start your wisdom walk today.

Studying and meditating upon the verses found in Proverbs and Colossians is a good place to start your wisdom walk.

May God open up your understanding as you read those profound books of wisdom.

Copyright 2016 by Peggy Clark

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Paul’s “Fellows” (Col.1 and 4)

Fellow Servant, Fellow Prisoner, Fellow Worker

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he mentions three positions: servant, prisoner, and worker.

He attaches fellow to the beginning of each of these three positions to show that he and those whom he fellows with are under the same master.

Please notice that these fellow terms are used in the King James Version as compound words. You will also see that usage in the following.

Fellowservant

The fellowservants Paul mentions in particular are Epaphras and Tychicus.

These men were used as messengers of the Lord declaring the news that was relayed between Paul and the Colossian brethren. They were both described by Paul as faithful ministers to those whom they served. (Col. 1:7, 4:7)

The term fellowservant is also used in Revelation 19:10 and in Revelation 22:9 indicating messengers who were also serving Christ.

Fellowprisoner

The fellowprisoner Paul mentions in particular is a man named Aristarchus. This would signify that even though Aristarchus and Paul were both prisoners of Christ, they were also prisoners of Rome and held within the same structure. (Col. 4:10)

Epaphras, who is not mentioned in this particular letter as a fellowprisoner, was noted by Paul to be a fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus in Paul’s letter to Philemon.

Although not mentioned in his letter to the Colossians, Paul does mention two other men as fellowprisoners in his letter to the Romans (16:7).

These men’s names are Andronicus and Junia. They were Jewish men who were saved before Paul and were noted as being greatly loved by the apostles.

Fellowworker

The fellowworkers that are mentioned in particular are Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Marcus, and Jesus (called Justus). Marcus is elseward called John Mark. These men were commended for having been a comfort to Paul. (Col. 4:7-11)

Luke the physician and Demas are mentioned in verse 14. Although not included in the above verses, these men are mentioned as fellowlaborers in Paul’s letter to Philemon (vs. 24). The terms fellowworker and fellowlaborer are both derived from the same Greek word meaning co-laborers.

These men were possibly the only men that were engaged with Paul in the labor of the gospel at the time of his writing the last chapter of this letter.


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