These verses are about people who are close to Paul. Accordingly, they really have to do with the nature of the gospel ministry. In the time we have before the Table this morning,I want to use these verses to consider several lessons about gospel teamwork.
Paul is concerned about how we relate to those outside this church. How are we to live toward them? These two verses show that Paul expected church members to do the same kind of evangelistic work as he does. Paul did not expect Christians to leave evangelism to the professionals. He did not want the Colossians to leave the soul-winning to him and the other apostles. Instead, he called all of them to become his co-workers in declaring the word of Christ.
We learn from theses verses on prayer how Paul could write some of the things he did earlier on in the epistle. But even more importantly, in a complex age filled with anxiety and fear, we are reminded here of the necessity of simple trust in God through prayer