“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:9-12
As I read these words this morning, I was struck again at Paul’s love for these fellow Christians and his dedication to pray for them. I can forget the beautiful simplicity and vital importance of praying for the spiritual well-being of those around me. For the strengthening of their faith and the increase of their love. I’ll remember for a time, but then seem to inevitably get caught up in the busyness of life.
It’s one thing to focus in on specific situations you’re aware of. Areas of struggle and pain that others are dealing with. But I think it’s a deeper level of care and service to go before our Lord and lift up our brothers and sisters regardless of what their circumstances currently look like. Because we need Jesus just as much in the sunshine as we do in the rain. We still need reminders of His love and His beautiful perfection, we need to know that He is our portion and that no matter what happens today, tomorrow, or what happened yesterday, He is always the same, He is our treasure of surpassing value, and we can never lose Him.
I want others to know this. I want you to know this. So my prayers should focus on this a lot more. I need to be intentional here. So much of the Christian life requires intentionality. And this is an important part of it. We need to bring others before our Savior. Only He knows what’s really going on in their heart and mind and how much deeper they need to know Him, only He knows how their road will twist and turn, and prayers lifted on their behalf truly do make a difference.
So today, I want to pray for you. Because it’s so important. And because you are worth it.
Father in Heaven, I ask that You would draw near to this precious one today. Make Yourself known to them. Whatever they face, I pray that they will be strengthened by Your glorious might to walk through it with joy as they cling to You. Impress on their heart the truth of Your Word and the steadfastness of Your love. May they intentionally focus their thoughts on that which is excellent and praiseworthy, keeping reminders of Your faithfulness before their eyes. Because You are faithful. I pray that they would know that. Cast out every shadow of doubt that darkens their heart.
Be the lifter of their head, Lord, and keep their eyes focused on You. It’s easy to be drawn away by the delights of this world, but I pray that this beloved child of Yours would be ever-captivated by Your glory and the river of delights that flows from You. Strengthen their faith, Lord. Restore their hope if it has faltered. Open their ears to hear You singing over them.
Lord, I pray that this one will not be satisfied with simply going through the motions, but that they will choose to run after You and embrace all You have for them. Jesus, may they choose life. Life lived in wholehearted abandon for You, running the race in the midst of Your extravagant grace. Increase their love for those around them: for their family, their fellow Christians, and all those You place in their path. Embolden them with Your Spirit to share Your hope with the world, and as they open their mouth to speak of Your grace, give them the words to say in Your love and power.
Whatever they face today, I ask, Lord, that You would be their everything. Be their Comforter, Provider, and Strength. Their God of peace, hope, and light. Their Defender, their Righteousness, their Salvation. Their Shepherd, Teacher, and Guide. Their wisdom, their truth, their unshakable foundation. Sustain them when they are weak. Uphold them when their foot slips.
In all things, Lord, direct this heart to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.