For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and 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 giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV)
Read: Colossians 1
Consider: Many people find prayer difficult, sometimes because they don’t know what to pray for. When praying and the words won’t come we are told in Romans 8:26 that:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
In several of his letters Paul tells the believers that he continually prays for them and he tends to have particular things in mind when he prays. In the passage above from Colossians 1 Paul is very specific in his prayer requests. Notice in the passage that Paul asks God to fill them ‘… with the knowledge of his will …’ so that they may:
– live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way;
– bear fruit in every good work;
– grow in the knowledge of God;
– be strengthened with all power.
When you are praying for your family, friends and acquaintances, how do you pray? Do you pray only for material things, or do you pray for their spiritual welfare? Take encouragement from Paul’s words in Colossians and pray also for their spiritual wellbeing. Ask God to help them live lives worthy of him, that they may bear fruit, that they may grow spiritually and that he might make them strong in their faith.
Pray: Father, encourage us to pray for the spiritual welfare of those within our circle of family and friends, so that they may be strong in their faith, bearing fruit for you. Amen