Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Praying for Other Christians

In Colossians 1, Paul has written a wonderful prayer that we can borrow to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters. Like Paul, we can continuously pray this prayer for the members of our church or any other Christian we know. It's such a good prayer, we should pray it for ourselves, too:

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of the love you have for all the saints. . .
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped
praying for you and asking God to full you with the knowledge of his will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in
order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please
him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the
knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to
his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
and joyfully giving thanks to the Father. . .Colossians 1:3, 9-12

  1. We can always thank God for our faith and love for all the saints
  2. We can pray non-stop for God to fill us with the knowledge of his will, asking him to help us know what he wants us to do.
  3. We can ask God to give us deep spiritual wisdom and understanding.
  4. We can pray that we may live lives worthy of the Lord.
  5. We can ask him to teach us how we may please him in every way.
  6. We can pray to bear fruit in every good work.
  7. We can ask God to give us more knowledge of himself.
  8. We can pray pray for God's gospel power in our everyday life according to his glorious might.
  9. We can ask God for a heart that patiently endures and is full of joy and thankfulness.

Now that we are prayed over, we can serve God and wait expectantly to see all that God will do. Paul's purpose in praying was to destroy heresy that had developed in the Colossian church. What stronghold in your life needs to be broken down? If you ask God, he will show you.

Live Strong,


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