Prayer is hard work. I want to pray for the ones I love, but often I struggle to find adequate words. Particularly when I want to go beyond praying about physical needs and circumstances and intercede for them in eternal, spiritual matters. “God bless my husband” seems so insufficient.
This morning, during my time with God, my Bible reading plan led me to the first chapter of Colossians, a passage I’ve read many times. But today, Paul’s prayers for the Christians in Colosse felt particularly relevant. What prayer could be more powerful for my husband, my children, my friends, than God’s own words to us through the apostle Paul?
I’d like to share with you what God showed me in Colossians 1:9-14. Pull out your Bible and read along. God may point out something to you for your life that He didn’t highlight for me:
- Lord, give him (or her) a complete understanding of what you want to do in his life. (vs 9)
- Make him wise with spiritual wisdom from You. (vs 9)
- Help him live in a way that will honor and please You. (vs 10)
- Guide him to regularly do good, kind things for others. (vs 10)
- As he does these acts of kindness, teach him more and more about Yourself. (vs 10)
- Lord, strengthen him with your glorious power so he will have all the patience and endurance he needs to complete Your will for him today. (vs 11)
- Fill Him with joy. (vs 11)
- Overwhelm him with gratitude for the miracle of Your salvation. (vs 12)
Scripture holds a treasure of words we can pray for others. What is your favorite Scripture to pray for yourself or others? I would love for you to share it with us!
If you aren’t sure where to start here are a few resources to check out.
Sharing Jesus Prayer Guide – Scripture to pray for yourself and others as you share Jesus
Praying Scripture – This Scripture Dig post by Teri Lynne Underwood walks through Psalm 139 as an example of praying Scripture. Very practical.