I won’t get to meet my first grandchild for about three more weeks, but I’ve been praying for him since July. That’s when my daughter and son-in-law told us the happy news that they are expecting! I added my grandson to my prayer list immediately.
I pray for him regularly just like I do for my husband, two daughters, my son, and my two sons-in-law. Praying Scripture is one of my favorite ways to intercede with God on my family’s behalf. In fact, I’ve compiled a list of “20 Spiritual Things to Pray for Others” you might find helpful.
Today, I’d like to share one specific passage with you. I’ve been using it in prayer for a while and recently God has prompted me to work to memorize it as well:
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. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Colossians 1:9-14, NLT
Look back through the passage and notice every specific request Paul makes on behalf of the Colossians.
Paul prayed this prayer for the Christians in Colossae. Though it includes a whole list of specifics, his overarching petition is for the Colossians to please God by living a life that honors Him. This is what I pray for my children. For my grandson. And for myself.
Who are you praying for today? What part of Paul’s prayer speaks to a specific need in their life today?