Pray for Each Other
Read: Romans 15:30 and Colossians 1:9-12; SOAP: Colossians 1:9
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. 10 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.11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.Colossians 1:9-12
Paul teaches us much about praying for others in this one little passage, even in just the one focus/soap verse. Starting with the very first word we learn that we are to pray with a purpose. “So”, or “For this reason”, as found in the NET. The word or phrase indicates the need to look back so that we understand why Paul and Timothy haven’t stopped praying for the believers at Colossae. When we look back to verse 8 we find the answer is because of “the Colossian’s love in the Spirit.” When we share the common bond of love – in the Spirit, whom we have received through faith in Christ we will be or should be drawn to pray for one another. If we look carefully at verse 9 we will see at least three other lessons worth noting and I believe implementing in our own prayer lives.
- Pray with a purpose: “because of your love in the Spirit.” (8)
- Pray faithfully: “We have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you”.
- Pray specifically and in accordance with God’s will: “We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
- Pray specifically
“I’ll pray for you” can easily become a trite statement, something we say as a Christian nicety but with very little or consistent follow through. However, I believe this passage, specifically verse 9, gives us cause to guard ourselves against the nicety of prayers and implement this example in our everyday prayer life. When we invest in the lives of other believers like Paul teaches we will make an impact not only in each other’s lives but in the way we live for God. We will be known to bear fruit and honor God, as well as develop a relationship with Him. We will find ourselves strengthened with His power, not lacking in endurance or patience and filled with joy. Oh the blessing and privilege of praying for each other. May He find us faithful and we find ourselves different because of it.
- Who are you praying for?
- Do you pray with purpose and faithfulness?
- Do you pray specifically and in accordance with God’s will?
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