Vs. 2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” In the midst of false teachings growing, we must not forget how important prayer is (vs. 2-4). The idea of watchful is being on our guard like a soldier. Question: Why is prayer so important? Because prayer gives us the ability to face the temptations of this world. Prayer gives us the privilege to be in relationship with the Lord. I love how Paul is not timid to ask for prayers to be lifted up for him. Though we are to guard ourselves against heresy, we still need to be open to reaching out to the world around us (vs. 5-6). Though Paul was not able to be with them due to his imprisonment, he would send Tychicus and Onesimus to deliver the letter and encourage the church (vs. 7-9). The latter section of the last chapter, Paul sends his greetings to his many friends (vs. 10-18). Aristarchus, John Mark and Jesus Justus were Jews while Epaphras, Luke, and Demas were Gentiles. They all would play a vital role in supporting Paul and the ministry to share the Gospel and support the poor church in Jerusalem.
Regarding application…Ready with an Answer. Vs. 6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Our task on this earth is not to just attend church, tithe, and be a good person. We are called to bear witness and testify of the Good News that came to us! Now more than ever, people are leaving the established churches. Millennial’s are leaving the church in droves because they are not satisfied with the answers. While we cannot change people’s hearts, we can have conversation seasoned with salt (knowledge and love). The more we walk with the Lord, the more we pray, and the more we know His word will give us the humility and confidence to answer for our faith!