Colossians 1:3
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We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

King James Bible
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Darby Bible Translation
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ continually [when] praying for you,

World English Bible
We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Young's Literal Translation
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

We give thanks to God - Who is the author of all good; and from whom the grace, which has produced your conversion, has sprung by his mission of Christ Jesus. See the note on Ephesians 1:15, Ephesians 1:16 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

give.

Romans 1:8,9 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world...

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

Ephesians 1:15 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints,

Philippians 1:3-5 I thank my God on every remembrance of you...

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

praying.

Colossians 1:9,13 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment...

1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith...

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us...

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience...

Library
February 11. "Strengthened with all Might unto all Patience" (Col. I. 11).
"Strengthened with all might unto all patience" (Col. i. 11). The apostle prays for the Colossians, that they may be "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness." It is one thing to endure and show the strain on every muscle of your face, and seem to say with every wrinkle, "Why does not somebody sympathize with me?" It is another to endure the cross, "despising the shame" for the joy set before us. There are some trees in the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'All Power'
'Strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy.'--COL. i. 11 (R.V.). There is a wonderful rush and fervour in the prayers of Paul. No parts of his letters are so lofty, so impassioned, so full of his soul, as when he rises from speaking of God to men to speaking to God for men. We have him here setting forth his loving desires for the Colossian Christians in a prayer of remarkable fulness and sweep. Broadly taken, it is for their perfecting
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Twenty-Third Day for the Holy Spirit in Your Own Work
WHAT TO PRAY.--For the Holy Spirit in your own Work "I labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."--COL. i. 29. You have your own special work; make it a work of intercession. Paul laboured, striving according to the working of God in him. Remember, God is not only the Creator, but the Great Workman, who worketh all in all. You can only do your work in His strength, by Him working in you through the Spirit. Intercede much for those among whom you work, till God gives
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Knowledge and Obedience.
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father."--COL. i. 9-12. The Epistles
W. H. Griffith Thomas—The Prayers of St. Paul

Cross References
Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Romans 15:6
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

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