Colossians 1:3-6 -- Giving Thanks and Continually Praying


We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;


We continually give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah, praying continually for you because we keep hearing of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and the love which you have and show for God's people; because of that hope that is reserved and waiting for you in heaven.  On this hope, you heard in the past in the message of the truth of the Good News of Jesus, which has come to you. It is exciting that this Good News is bearing fruit and still is growing by its own power even as it has done with you ever since the day you first heard and came to know and understand the undeserved favor of God in reality, deeply and clearly and thoroughly, becoming accurately and intimately acquainted with it. 


I will give thanks for ______________ and _______________ and continually pray for them today! Hopefully, I will meet with one of them. 
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