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: Paul wrote his letter to the Colossian believers while in prison in Rome. While he had never met this group of Christians, it did not stop him having a concern for their spiritual welfare, nor did it stop him praying for them. Epaphras (see Colossians 1:7, 4:12 and Philemon 1:23) brought news of what was happening in the church at Colossae and this enthused Paul to pray for them. Look again at the words he uses: ‘… since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you’ (1:9). Paul was a man who was so intensely interested in the spiritual welfare of all believers, that he was willing to pray even for those he had not met personally.
I’m going to ask you a question that I must also answer honestly myself. Have you ever been asked to pray for someone, but haven’t done so because you’ve used the excuse that you don’t know them, so can’t pray knowledgeably for them? I’ll admit that I’ve certainly done that in the past.
When you think you don’t know someone well enough to pray for their specific needs, don’t let this stop you praying for them. Follow Paul’s example and pray that they might:
– live a life worthy of the Lord;
– bear fruit;
– grow in the knowledge of God;
– be strengthened with all power;
– give joyful thanks to God.
In other words, pray for their spiritual welfare!
Pray: Father, develop a real concern in us for the spiritual welfare of fellow believers. May we pray for them that their lives might be pleasing to you. Amen