Praying God’s Will (August 8, 2013)

Colossians 1:9-12 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you.  We ask God to you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit.  All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.  We also pray that you will be strengthened with all of his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.  May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.  He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.

One of the great privileges we have as Believers is praying for others.  It offers us an opportunity to look beyond our own concerns to the physical and spiritual needs of others.  God wants us to be aware of those who are persecuted for preaching the Good News.  One of the benefits of praying for someone else is experiencing and sharing the joy when those prayers are answered.  Praying for our “enemies” fills us with compassion for them.  The primary reason for praying for others is that it draws us closer to God.

There are Six Key Petitions to pray for others identified in Colossians 1:9-12:

  1. Understanding God’s will and His unique plans for them (Colossians 1:9)
  2. A worthy walk (Colossians 1:10)
  3. Fruitful work (Colossians 1:10)
  4. Growing in their knowledge of God and encountering Him in an intimate, personal way (Colossians 1:10)
  5. Endurance and patient strength (Colossians 1:11)
  6. Joyful thanks (Colossians 1:11-12)¹

[Read Psalms 120-135]

Psalm 134:2-3 Lift up holy hands in prayer,
                                 and praise the Lord.
                           May the Lord, who made heaven and
                                 earth,
                           bless you from Jerusalem.

Father God,
I am grateful for the privilege of talking to You about anything, including the needs of family, friends, co-workers, fellow believers and acquaintances.  I pray for those around the world who are being persecuted for proclaiming the gospel.  Thank You for allowing me to share in Your salvation and in the great promise of heaven.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

¹Charles F. Stanley, “The Ultimate Conversation” (New York, NY, Howard Books, 2012) pp. 233-240

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About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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