Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
As the Apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians, there are specific instructions to remain devoted to prayer and thanksgiving. Following this, there are a host of individuals who are mentioned that highlight the communal nature of our faith and walk in Christ Jesus. We understand that each person in the church is surrounded by others who are encouraging and nurturing their faith. But how does this take place? How do these relationships help us to seek Christ and continue to walk in him? These closing verses give us distinct clues that point us towards the cues that we can look for in others who are following Christ with us. God uses each of these people in specific ways to help us grow in him. Being aware of this helps us to identify the blessing of other believers in our lives.