ECHOgram for Tuesday, January 22, 2016

How to Pray for Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Paul and Timothy had heard about the good things happening in Colossae and were inspired to write the church a letter. In their letter they explained how they were praying for the church. Their example shows us how we, too, should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Specifically, it shows us how we should pray when we do not know of a specific need they have.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:9-13):
They prayed for the church to have:
  1. The knowledge of His will
  2. Wisdom
  3. Spiritual understanding
  4. Strength from the power of God
  5. Patience
  6. Joy in long-suffering
Please pray these six things.
 
Paul also explained why they prayed for these things.
  1. So they people would please the Lord in how they walk with Him.
  2. So that they would be fruitful in every way.
  3. So that their knowledge of God would increase.
  4. So that they would have patience.
  5. So that they would have joy in their long-suffering.
Verse 12 also teaches us to pray these prayers with thanksgiving-to thank God for saving our brothers and sisters. Doing so promotes unity and brotherly love.
Finally, these scriptures teach us that we should let others know we are praying for them. A quick text, email, or hand-written note that lets someone know they are being thought of and prayed for is an incredible way to edify others.
The kingdom will be blessed because of your prayers! Now, let us pray…
Pastor Rick Lovall
The Sanctuary United Pentecostal Church
Missouri District Prayer Coordinator