In Colossians 1:9 Paul wrote: “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask …”. Here Paul was declaring the faithfulness and consistency that he (and evidently Timothy and perhaps others, since he used the plural) had in prayer for the Colossians. He said that since the day they heard, they had not ceased to pray.
Their commitment to pray for the Colossians should challenge us:
are WE as faithful to those for whom God has called us to labor in prayer? When you hear a request, and start to pray for someone, is it a “one-time thing” — or can you say like Paul that “since the day you heard it, you have not ceased to pray”? Or have you told someone “I will be praying for you” — but have forgotten to do it?
Being consistent in intercession is another step in Christlikeness. Hebrews 8:25 tells us that “He always lives to make intercession for them”, and He is continually faithful in that intercessory work. As we seek to “follow in His steps” we will learn to do the same.
Samuel told Saul, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you.” (I Samuel 12:23) May our commitment to intercede for those God has brought across our path be the same. May we be able to declare with a clear conscience to our loved ones and fellow church members: “Since the day (I) heard of it, (I) have not ceased to pray for you …”.