“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
I think it is very important to use God Word as a guide to prayer. If you think about it, why wouldn’t we want to do that? We can pray using the promises of God as the center of our petitions, thereby knowing that God is already in the center of our prayers. If we have a need, something that we are lacking but know that it is a need and not a “want”, we can pray that God promises to supply “all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. (Phil 4:19 NKJV). If we want wisdom and understanding for a decision we need to make, we can pray the promise that “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”. (James 1:5 NKJV) Jesus Himself said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8 NKJV)
But my absolute favorite is found in Colossians, Chapter 1, verses 9-14 NKJV. The apostle Paul’s prayer to the believers in Colossae. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
Isn’t this a grand prayer? Would it not be incredible to be the recipient of this prayer? Let me challenge you. The next time you are thinking of someone that you would like to pray for, but can’t seem to find the right words, why not pray the prayer of Paul to the Colossians. Just insert the person’s name in the appropriate place.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the promises given in Your Word that we can use to be the center of our prayers for others. Holy Spirit, You gave us a roadmap to our lives and to our prayers when You authored God’s Word. Thank You, Holy Spirit. Help us to keep Your Word in our hearts for that time when we need it to petition You on behalf of others. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!