Preparation is underway for our community Bible study in Colossians, beginning mid-January. As I read 1:3-14 tonight, I was reminded that Paul had never personally met the believers in Colossae, and yet he prayed powerfully and specifically. I couldn’t help but ask myself when I last prayed for an unknown body of believers. Ouch.

Suffice it to say that it’s moments like this when I cling to His promise found in Lamentations 3: 22,23: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Do you think it was a coincidence that I received a Jan/Feb prayer guide from Samaritan’s Purse for the children in India this afternoon? Me either.