Praying for Others
Do you struggle when praying for others? Do you want to pray for friends and family, but rarely know what to pray for them? I know I do. Honestly, there are times I become frustrated with praying for the general needs of others. Not because I don't want to pray for them, but I don't know what to pray. I know I can pray anything and everything, as God already knows my every word, my every thought, before it is on my tongue (Psalm 139:1-4). But, sometimes it feels like I'm rambling.
There is guidance.
GOD'S WORD always gives guidance.
In the book of Colossians, Paul begins by giving thanks to God for the faith the Colossians have in Jesus Christ. He continues to reveal the way he has been praying for them in chapter 1, verses 8-12. These verses provide an excellent guideline for how we can pray for others and ourselves.
9 WAYS YOU CAN PRAY FOR OTHERS (according to Col.1:8-12):
- to understand God's Will
- to gain spiritual wisdom
- to please and honor God
- to bear good fruit
- to grow in the knowledge of God
- to be filled with God's strength
- to have great endurance and patience
- to be full of Christ's joy
- to give thanks always
I am also linking this photo up with Katie's SCRIPTURE and A SNAPSHOT this week.
I have had this written on a note card for a few years, but honestly, I had forgotten about it. Last week, I was flipping through my Bible, when a bright yellow note card fell to the ground. I picked up the card and it read, "How to Pray for Others," with the Scripture reference at the top. If you read Journey of Faith Friday a few weeks ago, you know I have been trying to pray God's Word consistently. When things like this happen, I am reminded that God truly cares about and is involved in every detail of my life.
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