I consider it a great honor and privilege when someone asks me to pray for them or to pray about something important to them. In some situations it is the only thing I can do for that person; it's also the best I can do. When I'm asked to pray for someone, nine times out of ten, I pray immediately. Sometimes out loud, but mostly quiet, just pleading to the Lord on that person's behalf.
This isn't the kind of prayers I'm talking about today. Today, I'm talking about praying for my fellow Christians for this reason alone: they are my brothers and sisters in Christ.
When is the last time I just prayed for other believers?
In Colossians, chapter 1, Paul not only gives us an example of praying for our fellow Christians but also shares the promises that come with those prayers.
"So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give 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 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." ~ Colossians 1: 9-12
I should be praying for other believers. Life is hard, and prayer is meant to strengthen us. As we are praying for each other let's lift up these three things:
1. Ask God to give your brothers and sisters in Christ, complete knowledge of His will, spiritual wisdom and understanding.
* Receiving these gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding will result in living lives that are pleasing and honorable to God. Lives that produce every good fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,, gentleness, and self-control ~ Galatians 5:22-23).
2. Ask God to strengthen them with His glorious power.
* In return, they will receive patience and endurance.
3. Ask God to fill them with joy.
* The result of joy is thankfulness. You can't have a heart full of joy without having an overflow of thanksgiving.
I'm going to start here, with these three things. Purposefully reminding myself to not only pray for specific needs that are asked of me, but to truly pray for that person. Praying for God to give them knowledge, wisdom, understanding, strength, and utter joy. Will you join me?
I'm praying these things for you today. I may not know your name, but God knows each reader and He knows each need and He is faithful to answer our prayers according to His will. If you have a special prayer request please let me know in the comments. I would be honored to pray for you.
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Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 6 amazing blessings, and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.