‘…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.’
‘I’ll pray for you…’ I probably say this a couple times a week, sometimes even daily to friends, family and even people who land in my inbox.
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 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:
Imagine how your life could be changed if someone else prayed for you this way?
There is SO MUCH POWER IN PRAYER.
These prayers for a friend are perfect when you have a friend in an unfair situation, and you have no words to comfort them.
You can write…
I’ll pray for you. I’ll pray for deep spiritual understanding, strength, endurance, patience. I’ll 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 Jesus Christ Our Lord, everything is held together.
Sometimes the greatest thing we can do for someone is to pray for Our Almighty God to reveal His sovereign, sustaining love when they (or we) feel like their (our) world is falling apart.
Dear God,You are the Creator and Sustainer.Reading Your Word changes my perspective and 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 and presence.
I challenge you to use this ‘how to pray for a friend’ template and customize it. Make it your own, and say this prayer for a friend today:
Lord 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 time.