Do you pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ? In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he lets them know that they’re in his prayers. (Col. 1:3-14) By following his example we can encourage one another. I don’t know about you but just the thought that someone is remembering to pray for me is an encouragement!
Paul prayed that his fellow believers would: Continue in their faith in the Lord and their love for each other. Be filled with understanding of God’s will and have wisdom to carry it out. Please and honor the Lord. Bear good fruit. (have good results from their work for God) Grow in the knowledge of God. Be filled with God-given strength. Have endurance and patience. Stay full of joy. Remember to give thanks.
When your friend shares a need or a tough situation they’re going through how do you respond? Many times people just need to vent, to get something off their chest. Our first job is to listen. Secondly we can pray! Sometimes it is appropriate to pray with them right then and there. If the situation doesn’t seem right for immediate prayer we can assure them that we will be praying for them. I like to let the person know how I’m going to be praying. I may say something like “I’m going to pray that God shows you clearly what you should do” or “I’m praying that your son passes his final”. I check back with them to see how they’re doing and let them know I’ve been praying!
At the end of Colossians chapter 1 (v.28) Paul sums up his prayerful hope for everyone:
” We announce the message about Christ, and we use all our wisdom to warn and teach everyone, so that all of Christ’s followers will grow and become mature.” (CEV)