Saturday, April 17, 2021

Orantes | Praying

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…” – Colossians 1: 9

My brothers and sisters, Billy Graham, a prominent evangelical Christian figure states, "Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God". It means that prayer is not repeating words but a personal communication with God. There are many intentions in prayer, for example, we can say thanks to God, propose our request, and pray for others.

In this scripture reading from Colossians 1:9-14, Paul, one of the prominent apostles, prayed for the Colossians who had believed in Jesus Christ. There are four elements of Paul's prayer to them. First, Paul asked for knowledge and wisdom. Second, for them to walk in God's willing. Third, for steadfastness and patience. Fourth, for a thankful heart. Paul expected the Colossians to have these aspects when believing in Jesus Christ. As we know, it was not easy to become a Christian. This prayer reinforced the Colossians so they wouldn't turn back to their old beliefs if they got any obstacles.

Paul's prayer also addressed us as Christians. We pray to God, may He give us knowledge and wisdom to understand His mystery as He sent His Only Son to the world and the church has become the facilitation of God's grace and love. We pray to God, may we are enlightened by the Holy Spirit to guide our walk in this life so that our life becomes precious before God. Then, we pray to God, may He give us steadfastness and patience to face our challenges, failures and sickness. We also pray may God give us a grateful heart.



Reflection on Colossians 1:9-14 by Fr. Aris Mada, SVD

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