“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1Cor. 12:27.
Paul urged the believers at Colosse to action through prayer. He didn’t leave them with words but an example.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you…”(Col. 1:9a).
What had Paul heard moving him to prayer?
“For this cause…” “…we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints…love in the Spirit.” “…These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God…” “Remembering…your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.” ”For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;”(Col. 1:4,8b; 4:11b; 1Thess. 1:3,4 Phil.1:5)
Paul believed what God inspired him to write to the Corinthian church and this is why the urgent plea for prayer.
”For as the body is one, and hath many members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many…That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (ICor. 12:12-14,25-27).
We, believers, are connected, one body through the blood of Christ that courses through our hearts. The body suffers when even one of its members suffer. Look around. There is much suffering. Our prayers lifted to our heavenly Father bring His strength to the sufferers and thereby to the whole body. We need each other. It is how God put us together.
Paul continues to say, “…we…do not cease to pray for you…” And he does so with thanksgiving for his fellow believers, his brothers and sisters in Christ, his fellow workers in the ministry.
“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers:” “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy…” ”I…after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:”(Col.1:3; 1Thess. 1:2; Phil. 1:3,4; Eph. 1:15,16).
Are you a prayer warrior for the church of Jesus Christ? Your local members of His body? Or do you simply worry about where the church is heading. Worse, yet, do you grumble and gossip about it rather than lift the members up with gratitude for their faithfulness and love?
I, along with Paul, urge us to pray without ceasing for the body of Christ, beginning with our own local congregations.
As you pray, watch. For you will be the first to experience change. Then only God knows what He will do among you. Pray without ceasing and with thanksgiving. It is a prayer God will hear and answer.
I invite you to stick with me over the next few days as we discover the things Paul prayed for the local churches and are encouraged to pray for our churches.
What is one thing you’re thankful for concerning the local body of believers of which you are a member?
Heavenly Father, thank you for putting us together as one body, with our Lord and Savior being our head. May we learn to live and love as one in your Spirit.