When We Pray For You

By Scarlett Stough

What kind of prayers can we pray "for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18)? We can learn from Paul's prayer for the believers in Colossae (Colossians 1:1-14).

  • He and others gave God thanks for them because of their faith, hope, and love. Verses 2-8.
  • Their prayers never stopped. Verse 9.
  • They asked God to fill them with the knowledge of his will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. Verse 9.
  • They prayed so they would live lives worthy of the Lord: verses 10-12.
    • Pleasing him in every way
    • Bearing fruit in good works
    • Growing in the knowledge of God
    • Be strengthened to be able to endure patiently, joyfully, and gratefully
  • They expressed gratitude to God for redemption and the inheritance of the saints in his kingdom. Verse 13-14.

What if every Christian would pray this prayer instead of criticizing one another or heatedly debating disputable teachings? Would we begin to see the difference our prayers would make in spreading the gospel?

The early church "raised their voices together in prayer to God" (Acts 4:24). When they did, the message spread:

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Acts 4:31

May our concerns and prayers be more focused on the work of God, spreading the belief of Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world, more than allowing ourselves to be divided over the things of this world which will pass away (Revelation 21:1-5).

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