Sometimes I can get in a rut when praying for my family and friends. Beyond their specific and requested needs, it encourages me to know that the Bible gives me the best words to pray of all. Besides Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, this is one of my favorite ways to pray for my husband, kids, other family members & close friends, as well as other brothers and sisters in Christ that the Holy Spirit brings to mind.
Colossians 1:9-14 (NLT)
“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. 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.
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, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”
Some other time I’ll post another favorite prayer passage of mine from Ephesians. Until then, join me in lifting up and holding out these Truths for our families and other brothers and sisters in Christ. Alongside that, why don’t we pray the last portion of that passage for those we know who are unsaved, that they would see and know the One who can rescue them from the kingdom of darkness and transfer them into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
So thankful for the supernatural and the practical power of God’s Word. When it goes out, it won’t return to Him empty, but will accomplish His desired purposes (Isaiah 55:11). Hallelujah!
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