There are a few things that I believe are important to take away from Colossians 1:
–Prayer is essential in the friendship of believers.
As important as it is that we as believers remain in prayer about our own lives and relationships with The Lord, it is equally as important that we remain in prayer about our friends. We should definitely pray for our unbelieving friends, but we should also pray for our friends that already know God. We may not know the exact details of their personal lives or what they need prayer for, but everybody needs prayer. In Colossians 1:9, Paul writes: “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Imagine what God could do if every believer committed to pray for their friends. Prayer has the power to heal, to inspire, to motivate and to transform. What could stand against a family of believers that was rooted in prayer for each other?
–You are not alone.
Maybe that’s a cliche statement to make, but I really believe that sometimes we just need to be reminded of that. No matter what lies the world tries to convince us are true, Christ lives within us and nothing will ever change that. It doesn’t matter what you have done or what you have gone through. It doesn’t matter how many doubts you have had about God. When Christ died on the cross, he died so that we would never have to live apart from God. He and all his mighty power are with you when you, even when you stumble.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Colossians 1:21-22