Category: Time to Pray

  • Philemon 8-25

    Therefore having enough boldness
    in Christ
    to command you to do the right thing,
    because of love,
    I would rather beseech you,
    – such as I am, Paul, an old man
    and now a prisoner for Christ Jesus-
    I beseech you concerning my child,
    whom I have begotten during (my) imprisonment:
    Onesimus, (Useful)
    who formerly was useless to you,
    but now is useful to you and me,
    whom I have sent back to you,
    and he is my very heart.
    whom I wanted to keep with me,
    so that he might serve me,
    in my imprisonment for the Gospel,
    in your place.
    For
    I wanted to do nothing,
    without your consent
    so that your good (deed) might not be from compulsion
    but from free will.
    For perhaps he was separated from you, for this reason, for a while –
    that you might have him back – for good!
    No longer as a slave,
    but more than a slave –
    a beloved brother,
    -especially to me,
    – and how much more to you
    both ‘humanly’ and in the Lord.

    So if consider me as a partner
    welcome him as me.
    And if he has wronged you in any way
    or owes you anything,
    charge it to me.
    I, Paul, write (this),
    with my own hand:
    I will repay it.

    – not to mention to you,
    that you owe more – yourself – to me.
    Yes, brother,
    let me have some benefit from you,
    in the Lord.
    Refresh my heart in Christ!

    Having been convinced of your ‘compliance’,
    I have written to you,
    knowing that you will do more than I ask.
    One thing more, prepare the guest-room for me.
    For I hope
    that through your prayers,
    I will be restored to you all.

    Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner, greets you.
    in Christ.
    and Mark, Aristarchus. Demas, Luke,
    my fellow-workers.
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
    be with with your spirit.

    God, give me grace to accept with serenity
    the things that cannot be changed,
    Courage to change the things
    which should be changed,
    and the Wisdom to distinguish
    the one from the other.

    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time,
    Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
    Taking, as Jesus did,
    This sinful world as it is,
    Not as I would have it,
    Trusting that You will make all things right,
    If I surrender to Your will,
    So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

    Amen.

  • Philemon 1-7

    Paul,
    a prisoner for Christ Jesus
    and Timothy,
    the brother
    to Philemon
    the beloved
    and our fellow worker
    and Ap’phia
    the sister,
    and Archippus,
    our fellow-soldier
    and to the church in your home

    Grace to you,
    and peace from God,
    our Father
    and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    I give thanks to my God,
    always when I mention you
    in my prayers,
    hearing of your love…
    —and the faith which you have
    —in the Lord Jesus,-
    …for all the saints,
    that the generosity of your faith
    might come to be effective
    in the knowledge of all the good
    in us
    for Christ

    For I have had great joy
    and encouragement from your love,
    because the hearts of the saints
    have been refreshed because of you,
    (my) brother.

    Lord, you have given me so much,
    I ask for one more thing –
    a grateful heart.

    George Herbert

  • Colossians 4 10-18

    The Lycus Valley

    Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner (of war) greets you all
    – and Mark,
    the cousin of Barnabas
    (about whom you have received instructions,
    when he comes to you,
    welcome him),
    – and Jesus,
    who is called Justus,
    these are from the circumcision,
    (they are they only ones
    amongst my fellow-workers for the Kingdom of God,)
    they have been a comfort to me.

    Epaphras, who is one you,
    greets you
    – a slave of Christ Jesus,
    – he is always struggling in prayer for you all,
    so that you might stand
    mature
    and fully assured in all the will of God.
    For I bear him witness
    that he works hard for you
    and those in Laodicea
    and Hierapolis.

    Luke, the beloved, the doctor greets you,
    and Demas.

    The brothers/sisters in Laodicea
    and Nympha
    and the church of her house,
    greet you.

    And when (this) letter is read among you,
    make (sure) it is also read in (the church) of the Laodiceans
    and that you read the letter from Laodicea* too.

    And say to Archippus:
    ‘Mark the ministry which you have received from the Lord
    -that you complete it.’

    This greeting
    by my hand
    of Paul.
    Remember my chains.
    Grace be with you all.

    *(i.e. the letter Paul wrote to them)

    Be thou a bright flame before me,
    Be thou a guiding star above me
    Be thou a smooth path below me
    Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me
    Today – tonight -forever
    Amen.

    St Columba

  • Colossians 4 7-9

    Tychicus, will make known to you my circumstances:
    -He is, the beloved brother
    and faithful servant and fellow-slave in the Lord
    -whom I am sending to you,
    for this very thing:
    that you may know about our situation
    and that he might encourage your hearts,
    – together with Onesimus,
    the faithful and beloved brother,
    who is one of you.

    They will make known to you all the things (going on) here.


    O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me.
    O Love, who redeemed me,
    fill up in me whatever part of your love
    has fallen into neglect within me.
    O Love, O God, who first loved me,
    grant that with my whole heart,
    and with my whole soul,
    and with my whole strength,
    I may love you.

    Gertrude the Great

  • Colossians 4 2-6

    Persevere in prayer,
    be wide awake
    in it (prayer)
    with thanksgiving.
    At the same time,
    pray for us too
    that God might open for us
    a door for the word
    to speak of the mystery, (that is) Christ,
    because of which I am, in fact, bound,
    (and pray) that I will openly speak it,
    as I must.
    With wisdom, walk (live) with outsiders
    snapping up every opportunity.
    Let your speech be always with grace,
    seasoned with salt
    so that you might know
    how you should
    reply to each one.


    Teach us, good Lord,
    to serve thee as thou deservest;
    to give and not to count the cost;
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labour and not to ask for any reward,
    save that of knowing that we do thy will,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen

    St Ignatius




  • Colossians 3 22 – 4 1

    Slaves, obey
    in all things
    your earthly masters,
    not only when being watched
    like people-pleasers
    but (obey) with sincere hearts
    out of reverence for the Lord.
    Whatever you are doing,
    work from the soul
    as for the Lord
    and not for people,
    knowing that you will receive from the Lord
    ‘the inheritance’ as a reward.
    Serve the Lord Christ.
    For the one who does wrong
    will be repaid for the wrong they did
    and there is no favouritism.
    Masters give your slaves
    justice and fairness
    knowing you too have a master in heaven.

    Grant, Lord,
    that we may hold to you without parting,
    worship you without wearying,
    serve you without failing;
    faithfully seek you,
    happily find you,
    and forever possess you,
    the only God,blessed now and for ever.
    Amen

    St Anselm

  • Colossians 3 18-20

    Wives, be subject to your husbands,
    as has been proper in the Lord.
    Husbands, love your wives
    and do not be harsh on them.
    Children, obey your parents
    in all things,
    for it is pleasing to the Lord.
    Fathers, do not embitter your children,
    that they might not become discouraged.

    Thank you, dear Jesus,
    for all you have given me,
    for all you have taken away from me,
    for all you have left me.

    Thomas More (c.1478-1535)

  • Colossians 3 12-17

    So put on
    as chosen people of God,
    holy and beloved,
    ‘hearts’ of compassion
    kindness
    humility
    gentleness
    patience
    be tolerant with one another,
    forgive each other
    if someone has a complaint
    against someone else.
    Just as the Lord has forgiven you,
    so you also (should forgive).
    In addition to all these things
    (put on) love,
    which is the bond,
    that (produces) perfection.
    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
    into which indeed you have been called
    in one body;
    And be thankful.

    Let the Word of Christ dwell in you all richly,
    with all wisdom
    as you teach
    and instruct each other,
    as you sing psalms, hymns, Spiritual songs
    with grace
    in your hearts
    to God.
    And whatever you are doing,
    -whether a word or a work
    (do) all things in the name of the Lord Jesus,
    as you give thanks to God the Father,
    through him.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is discord, union,
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    For your mercy and your truth’s sake

    Amen.

    St. Francis of Assisi

  • Colossians 3 5-11

    So put to death
    your limbs
    ‘used for earthly things’:
    sexual immorality
    impurity
    lustful passion
    evil desire
    and especially greed
    which is idolatry,
    because of these things
    comes the wrath of God,
    in which you also formerly walked.
    when you lived in these (sins).
    But now you also put off all these things:
    wrath,
    rage,
    spite,
    slander
    dirty talk from your mouth.
    Do not lie to one another,
    having put off the old humanity
    with its deeds
    and having put on the new (humanity)
    – being made new again
    (until s/he reaches full) knowledge
    according to the likeness of the Creator
    where there is not
    Greek or Judean
    Circumcised or uncircumcised
    barbarian,
    Scythian,
    slave, free person,
    but Christ is all
    and is in all (of you?)

    O Lord Jesus Christ,
    stay beside me to defend me,
    within me to guide me,
    before me to lead me,
    and above me to bless me,
    that with you and in you,
    I may live, and move and have my being,
    for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    (unknown)

  • Colossians 3 1-4

    So, if you have been raised with Christ
    keep seeking the things above
    where Christ is,
    sitting at the right hand of God.
    keep thinking about the things above-
    not the things upon the earth.

    For you have died,
    and your life is hidden
    with Christ,
    in God.

    When Christ appears,
    -your life,
    then also you will appear
    with him
    in glory.

    Take from us,
    O God, all pride and vanity,
    all boasting and self-assertion,
    and give us the true courage that shows itself in gentleness,
    the true wisdom that shows itself in simplicity,
    and the true power that shows itself in modesty.

    Charles Kingsley