“I will pray for you.”
We have all said it, and we have all heard it said to us. But, are we praying for one another?
I certainly hope so. God takes prayer seriously. We should not be tossing around the promise of prayer like the latest catch phrase. We should only say it when we intend to pray; or even better, when we can stop and pray at that very moment.
Prayer is the greatest act of love we can show another person. Even if they do not have a spoken need of prayer, they need prayer. We all need prayer.
When Paul wrote to the church of Colosse, he emphasized peace and love among believers, as we are Christ’s body on earth. In this teaching, Paul demonstrates how we can pray for other Christians:
- Give thanks to God for that person, their salvation and their walk with Jesus.
- Ask God to show that person His will for their life.
- Ask God to give that person spiritual wisdom so that all their works will glorify Him.
- Ask God to give that person strength, patience and joy in all things.
- Give thanks to God for these things and that person again.
Let’s fervently pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints… 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, 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; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:3, 9-12