“We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,”
Paul does not pray for them once and then forget it. Productive prayer is continuous. Sporadic prayer is not in God’s design for the believer. It must go on and on. Prayer takes work. Paul “always” prayed for the Colossians.
I Thessalonians 1: 2 “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.”
I Thessalonians 2: 3 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
I Thessalonians 5: 17 “Pray without ceasing.” This means to pray with the frequency of a hacking cough.
God expects us to pray continuously.
Do you pray regularly for others?