Posted: Friday, October 4
Verse of the day
“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.”
(Colossians 1: 9-11)
I’ve found that it is really easy to pray for needs or difficult situations. I think in general we all face trials in our own lives, or have people we love going through something that compels us to go to our Heavenly Father to help them. Don’t get me wrong… that is a great response to the trials we face… but is that the only time we go to God? Imagine a friend… and I’m guessing we’ve all had this type of friend… who only came to you to complain about things in their life, or to have you solve their problems. I know for me, that would get old really fast and I would lose interest in maintaining that friendship.
Fortunately for us, God loves us so much that he’s willing to put up with that and keep pursuing us, but how much stronger could our relationship be if we let our prayer life mature in other ways. Before these verses, Paul gives thanks for what God is doing through the church in Colossae. That is a great example of what we should incorporate in our prayer life. Here, we see another aspect of our prayer life. Paul prays for those who are already doing well. He prays for them to grow in their faith and relationship with God.
This was a big challenge to me. I assessed my own prayer life of what I prayed for. God had already been speaking to me about thanking him, and so I had begun to incorporate that… but I tried to think of times that I was simply praying for God to strengthen the people that I consider “doing well” in their relationship with Christ. There is so much power in our prayers, and if we began to fortify our brothers and sisters with prayers even when they’re doing well… I believe it would go that much further in helping them withstand the attacks that are going to come, as well as enhance their ministry now. There are so many important aspects to praying and communicating with our Father, and it’s my hope that personally and corporately we can keep growing and developing our prayer life.