COLOSSIANS‬ ‭1:3-8‬ ‬‬

“We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.”

Colossians‬ ‭1:3-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Not enough Christians share their victories with one another. When we speak of things to pray about, it is rarely in the sense of how God God has blessed us, but more in the sense of how we need blessings and our daily struggles. But Epaphras shared with Paul and Timothy the whole picture of who his church in Collossae was. This gave them the ability to pray accurately despite not being personally involved there. The idea of vocal vulnerability seems like too simple a model to be a workable one for God’s plans, but it has proven itself to be the most effective. To share Gospel itself was to speak upon our interactions with God to everyone around us. To prophesy was to speak in the assembly upon what God had revealed. Healing was done by speaking. Even creation itself was spoken into existence. How unsurprising that prayer and praise should be done the same way. To effectively communicate need and blessing, we must effectively communicate. This closes the relational loop for believers.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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