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Praying for you

July 3, 2017

Paul wrote to the church located in Colossae, in what is now Turkey and told them that he was praying for them.

How do you pray for people that you don’t know very well? What do you pray about?

Here are some ideas from Paul:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (Col 1:9-12).

The previous verses recount that Paul had learned from Epaphras, perhaps the pastor or some other leader in the church in Colossae, that there was a gathering of people who had put their trust in the work of Christ on the cross.

And then he told them he’d been praying for them since that day that he heard the great news.

Here are the prayer requests that he made:

  • filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding – able to understand what God teaches and desires, and then to implement that knowledge.
  • walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him – by studying God’s teaching, they could live a life pleasing to Him.
  • bearing fruit in every good work – not just a head knowledge, but spiritual growth, change that could be seen through actions and attitudes
  • increasing in the knowledge of God – know and understand God more
  • being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy – strength to endure the trials, persecution, temptations, or whatever struggles would come their way
  • giving thanks to the Father – This could be that Paul was giving thanks for what God had done, or that they would give thanks in the midst of their lives. Either way is good!

These are biblical ways that we can pray for one another.

  • Knowledge.
  • Wisdom.
  • Obedience
  • Growth.
  • Strength.
  • Thanksgiving.

Did you notice anything missing? Paul didn’t pray that their problems would be solved. He didn’t pray for safety. He didn’t pray for health.

Rather, he prayed for evidence of spiritual change, regardless of the circumstances.

That’s how we can pray for one another.

 

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From → Colossians

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