Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008
Effective Prayer for Others
One of the disciples saw Jesus praying and made the request, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). If Christ’s close associate needed instruction, surely we, too, must learn about prayer.
Thankfully, there are many examples in Scripture for us to follow. For instance, Paul’s first-century requests for the people of Colossae are still applicable today.
One such request was that these people would know God (v. 10). In other words, he wanted them to grow in the Lord and not stagnate in their faith. This transformation takes place by studying the Word, applying biblical principles, and observing the consequences of obedience.
Another plea was for the Colossians to experience God’s power (v. 11). The apostle wanted them to have the Lord’s supernatural energy and the strength they needed to carry out His will. What is impossible by man’s effort becomes possible when believers rely on God. Then the glory rightly goes to Him.
Finally, Paul asked that they would give thanks joyously (vv. 11-12). This indicates his hope that they would exhibit the proper attitude, expressing gratefulness even during difficult situations.
In church, we often hear people asking for prayer. And many believers make a prayer list so they don’t forget to intercede for certain individuals during the week. Using the apostle Paul’s example, we can be confident that we are praying for those on our lists in a manner that pleases the Lord and is in line with His will.
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