FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ It has been said that one of the most effective ways to work through life’s challenges is to pray for someone else whom may have similar concerns. It takes the focus away from our own situation and elevates our focus to helping and praying for someone else’s. Romans 12:10 says that we are to “honor one another above ourselves” and Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” These two verses support the previous thought of praying for others even as we continue to pray for ourselves.
The apostle Paul, during his own suffering of imprisonment, wrote a letter to the troubled church in Colossae. He shared with them in Colossians 1:3 that he was “praying always for you.” As he encouraged them with these words, in the verses 9-12, Paul prayed in a more specific direction. A direction that we can draw from as we pray for others ourselves. 1) He asked that God help them “know His will” (v.9). This comes by a more complete understanding of His Word. 2) He asked that they know “wisdom and spiritual understanding” (v.9). Wisdom to accumulate principles from Scripture and understanding to apply those principles in daily living. 3) Paul asked that they “walk worthy of the Lord” (v.10). A walk that is consistent in their identification with Him. 4) That they would be “fruitful in every good work” (v.10). A work of fruitful character, conduct, conversation, and giving of resources and talents. 5) He prayed that they would be “increasing in the knowledge of God” (v.10). This is revelation as to who God is and who He is in our lives. 6) That they would be “strengthened with all might according to His glorious power” (v.11). This is done by His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16). 7) that they would have “patience and longsuffering with joy” (v.11). Having the maturity to be joyful in times of peace and trouble. Paul has given us a great example as to how to pray. Since most Christ followers have the same basic needs as the Colossians, let this be a model for us to follow as we pray for others. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.