1. Exposition

Does “we” imply there were people praying with Paul for the Colossians?

Colossians 1:3 (ESV)

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

Some commentators take this to be an indication that though Paul writes this letter, Timothy is also acknowledged in this plurality.1 Though this may be true, it is also possible that the plurality includes not only Paul and Timothy as the voices raised in giving thanks. Colossians 4:7–13 indicates that some people were with Paul and were concerned about the Colossians. So it is possible that they were together with Paul in giving thanks to God. We also know that Epaphras, who was with Paul, prayed for the Colossians (see Colossians 4:12). It is possible that they observed time together to pray for the believers in Colossae, maybe even following the Jewish practice of praying three times a day.