Praying for Others
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1
Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 1:9-14
As followers of Christ, we all understand the power of prayer. Prayer is a powerful thing, and it is one way that we can connect with God on a personal level. For most new Christians, prayer typically begins with asking God for the things that they need in their own lives. As we mature in our faith, we will usually find that more and more often we will be praying not just for ourselves but for other people. In fact, we will likely spend more time praying for others than for ourselves. This change in our prayers happens because as we grow in Christ and get to know Him better, we get more and more of His heart for other people. As our love grows for others, we will want to spend more time praying for them. If you have never spent a lot of time praying for others, though, this can seem like a daunting task. What should we pray for? What should we ask? In today’s key passage, we can find the answers to these questions. Paul is praying for the church in Colosse. Keep in mind that Paul had never actually met the Colossians, but that did not stop him from praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ. His prayer can be used as a model for us as we pray for others, because he prays for the things that all believers need in their lives. Today we will look at Paul’s requests for the Colossians:
He prays they will know God’s will – (Vs. 9)
He prays they will gain spiritual wisdom – (Vs. 9)
He prays they will live a life worthy of God and pleasing to Him – (Vs. 10)
He prays they will bear fruit for God – (Vs. 10)
He prays they will grow in their knowledge of God – (Vs. 10)
He prays they will be strengthened with God’s power – (Vs. 11)
He prays they will have great endurance and patience – (Vs. 11)
He prays they will have joy – (Vs. 11)
He prays they will give thanks to God – (Vs. 12)
As we review this list of prayer requests, we can quickly see the beauty of Paul’s prayer for these people whom he had never even met. When you think about your own life, are these not the things you would ask for yourself? These nine requests represent the most basic of needs for any follower of Christ, so it is appropriate that these would be the things we would ask God not only for ourselves but for others as well. I encourage you to spend time in prayer asking God for these nine things, and I encourage you to spend time praying for others. Pray for your friends in need. Pray for the people you know who do not know Christ. Pray for your pastors and church administrators. Pray for missionaries who are spreading the Gospel in far-away places. For people you know and people you do not, pray for these nine things, and praise God for His willingness to answer our prayers and for His never-ending faithfulness.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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