How to Pray for Your Friends
Read or Listen: Colossians 1:9-12
Do you ever catch yourself praying and wonder if what you are asking is even close to what God wants? I’ve prayed for men to get jobs, for new vehicles, for better apartments, for changes in circumstance and situation and then asked myself: ‘What if God doesn’t want to do what I’m asking because He knows better? Maybe He’s got bigger plans!’ *I’m not saying we shouldn’t ask for anything, but I am saying that we should be more careful that we don’t make prayer into spiritual wish lists of all we think God should do.
Jesus gave us the model prayer, and within that prayer are many parts: worship, confession, supplication, and intercession. I believe that Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-12 is the full development of intercession (praying for others). These four requests are win-win. They are things we can pray and know that God will answer because these are things that He wants even more than we do! We will never go wrong praying for the following:
1. Pray that your Friend would Yield to God (v9)
What your friend needs most is a growing relationship with God. In order for that to happen, he is going to have to open his heart to be filled with the acknowledgment of that need and desire. (James 1:5-8)
2. Pray for a Growing Desire to Please the Lord (v10)
God will not be satisfied if she is not living to please Him. And make no mistake, her life will never be complete if God is not pleased with her. (2 Peter 3:18)
3. Pray for Power to Deal with Life’s Difficulties (v11)
Life is tough, but God desires to enable him to be strong enough to endure anything the world dishes out. Pray that his weakness will lead him to God’s strength!
4. Praise God that He has Equipped Us to Live as He Asks (v12)
The Christian life is neither easy nor difficult. It is impossible unless it is lived thru’ Him who called us to it! (2 Peter 1:3)
Our Lord bless & keep you; may His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace.
Prayer is powerful… it changes things! It changes me! How has it changed you?
Share about the last time when God really answered your prayer…
Would you be willing to commit to pray these specific things for 1-2 friends for this entire next week?
devotion by Patrick Nix