Devotional: Prayer For A Friend {Colossians 1:9-12}

A prayer for a friend — it’s one of the most powerful things to do for someone in your life, and yet sometimes it can be hard to get started. Here I’m sharing the inspiration for my go-to prayer for a friend, and a template so you can customize it to fit your needs.

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‘…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}

‘I’ll pray for you…’ I probably say this a couple times a week, sometimes even daily to friends, family and even people who message me on here.

The reality is this usually turns into me listing off someone’s name and their situation at a mealtime or bedtime prayer. But I’ve been reading through the book of Colossians the past week and these verses {Colossians 1:9-12} really stood out to me.

This scripture was written by Paul to the Colossians. Paul had never met the Colossians, yet this is how he prayed for them:

  1. Asked God to help them know what he wants them to do + give them a deep spiritual understanding {1:9}
  2. Asked God to help them live for him, live a life worthy of their calling + bear good fruit {1:10}
  3. Asked God to give them more knowledge of himself (1:10)
  4. Asked God to give them strength for endurance + patience {1:11}
  5. Asked God to fill them with joy + thankfulness {1:11,12}

Imagine for a moment, how many people in your life could be touched if you prayed for them in this way?

Imagine how your life could be changed if someone else prayed for you this way?

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This is especially perfect for when you find a friend in such an unfair situation that you have no words to comfort them.

I’ll pray for you — pray for deep spiritual understanding, strength, endurance, patience. Pray that god can give you more knowledge of himself during this difficult season.’

Because God is not only the Creator of the world, but he is also its Sustainer {Colossians 1:17}. In him, everything is held together. Sometimes the greatest thing we can do for someone is to pray for God to reveal His sovereign, sustaining love when they {or we} feel like their {our} world is falling apart.

Devotional Prayer: Prayer For A Friend

Dear God,
You are the Creator + Sustainer.
Reading Your Word changes my perspective + ability to trust in you.
I pray that you may bless my prayers, specifically my prayers for others.
So that they too may feel your sovereign, sustaining love + presence.

Now I challenge you to say this prayer for a friend today: 

Dear God,
Today I pray for {insert name}.
I pray that they may experience your deep spiritual understanding, strength, endurance, and patience.
I pray that you can give {name} more knowledge of yourself during this difficult season.

Prayer Guide: How to Pray for a Friend {Pin this!}

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Looking for more faith posts? You can find previous weeks’ devotions here.

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  2. Wow. This is a great post.
    As I am faced daily with significant family challenges, and want to also support friends with different but equally challenging circumstances, I think your words, reminders, and suggestions will help.
    Thank you.

    • Elaine! Thank you so much for checking out this post + the great message. The reality is we are all ‘walking through something’ — yet we only have a certain amount of emotional + physical energy each day. It’s always hard to balance your own struggles and others. But often it’s giving what we need most (whether it be time, money, love…) if we can give what we need in our lives it usually comes back ten-fold. Thanks again for checking out the blog! Lindsey