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Who Are You Praying For?

When we accept Christ, we are gathered into a family formed over thousands of years, living, serving and spreading the good news of Jesus. It is important that we support each other with prayers. Paul’s letter to the church in Colosse shows us how we can pray fervently for fellow Christians.

Start by thanking God for them. Paul opens his letter to the church by saying, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints” (Colossians 1:3-4).

Ask God to guide them in their ministry and when they find themselves at a point of decision or in difficult circumstances. Paul prayed that his friends at Colosse would be filled “with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding”  (Colossians 1:9).

Pray that they will bear fruit. “We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might” (Colossians 1:10-11).

God wants us to serve others and tell people what Jesus has done for us, but there is a battle to make our lives ineffective. Pray that your friends will not give into the temptation of sin but will grow in their relationships with Jesus.

Who do you need to pray for today? Ask God to show you who to cover in prayers of thanks, strength, wisdom and fruitfulness.

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