We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you… Colossians 1:3
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. Colossians 1:9
Paul asks God to fill the church people with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom that the Holy Spirit gives. This knowledge has several results:
- being able to live a life that is worthy of the Lord
- being able to please God
- bearing good fruit in their work for God
- growing in the knowledge of God (there’s much to learn!)
- experiencing strength and power from God
- endurance and patience in this life
- true worship of the Father
I am sometimes sheepish in telling people that I am praying for them. It can sound so pharisaical… but the former pharisee told of his prayers and was very specific. It could be that this is the key. If I pray for people I should let them know, but not just that I am praying for them, but how I am praying!
This intentional communication would also change how I pray. It would be difficult to pray for generic things if I then let them know about those generalities. I would be more apt to pray bold and gospel-centered prayers for people when my practice is to tell them how I am praying for them.
As a disciple of Jesus who is making disciples for Jesus, I cannot do it without this kind of prayer.
Lord, thank You for the privilege of prayer. Thank you for the prayers offered for Your people and for Paul’s example written for us. May we be infused with power from Your Spirit to live lives worthy of Your Name. I want to live a life worthy of Your Name. Use me for Your purposes… I live for You today.