Praying for Your Charge

The book Colossians is becoming one of my favorite books of the Bible.  This first chapter speaks to me as a minister and pastor. Within these verses I find a challenge not only to pray for the flock under my care, but HOW to pray for them. Included in this chapter is so much more than this challenge, there is instruction and information concerning our salvation and who we are in Christ. It is as though there were layers laid up for the student of Scripture to revel in.

Colossians 1:3 
?”We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you…”

Here are the instructions to the shepherd that have struck me in this first chapter.
• I should thank God for my charge, my church.
• That I should pray consistently for my church.
• That I shouldn’t give up on them! It is my duty and honor to preach and pray them to maturity!
• That they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.
• That they may be filled with all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
• These points lead me to another one which I think is a problem with some pastors. That is filling the flock with as much wisdom and understanding as the shepherd. It may seem odd to say this since so much that is written concerning a pastor indicates this is his part in the maturation of the sheep, however, some seem to like the sheep to remain in a dependent and ignorant state. Lord, may I never be like that! May I not be like that now!
• This knowledge and wisdom is to be used correctly; that they may through this knowledge of His will, wisdom, and spiritual understanding WALK WORTHY of the LORD.


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