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. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
23 Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.
This letter was written to give the church information about Paul’s situation and to encourage them. The words that Paul leaves the church are peace, grace, faith and love of the Father and of Jesus. The church is encouraged to pray in the Spirit on all occasions speaking to God about all sorts of things. What I want us to hold onto at the end of this letter is that God is a relational God, He made the way possible for us to come before Him freely and boldly knowing that in Christ we are in right standing with Him. Everything has always been about us being in a relationship with God. We have been given the Holy Spirit to be with us all the time, to guide us to strengthen us and to help us communicate with God.
Gods plan has always been quite simple He wants us to trust Him, speak with Him, love Him and let Him give us the life He had in mind for us when He created all things. Our plans on the other hand can be quite complicated; we have so many different voices expecting so many different things from us. Do we listen to the voice that shouts the loudest or run after the need that seems most pressing? We could start talking to God and listening to His voice…in all sorts of situations not just before bed or at a church service. The point of life is not to get from A to B but to live moment by moment enjoying the gift of being reconciled with God. This is our peace that we receive from His grace because He loves us. Thank you Father