Remember My Chains

This is my last post on the book of Colossians. We have finally worked our way through the entire book, and are left with a last few verses featuring Paul’s greetings:

Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. (Colossians 4:14-18 NIV)

Paul closes this book with asking them to “remember my chains.” He was probably in prison for the gospel at this time and fearful of his life. It might seem selfish of him to ask them to remember his personal troubles, but it’s not. He needs them, he needs their prayers, and it is good for him to remind them how much they need him. Personally, whenever I am going through a difficult situation it comforts me to know that my wife or someone else is praying for me. It’s not all in my head: prayer really, truly, makes a difference.

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