Pray for One Another

6 10 2013

Still a week behind! Last weeks reading was from Colossians 1 vv 3-14:

“3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Wow. There’s some big stuff in there!

Also a mention for James 5v16:

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

We’d good at praying for people when they’re going through hardships, but when things are going well or routinely, we tend to neglect them in our prayers.

C.S. Lewis recognised that prayer is needed at all times, he wrote to a friend: “I specially need your prayers because I am traveling across ‘a plain called Ease'”

We need prayer as much when things are routine as when there’s trouble. But what do we pray for the routine times? Try out verse 10!

We can’t improve on Paul’s prayers, take 2 or 3 names a day from the church directory (or some other list of people you know) and use Ephesians 1, Ephesians 4, and Colossians 1 and put their names in!

Otherwise we end up as just prayer chain pray-ers, what about everyone else? They still need to grown in the love and knowledge of God.

“His letters contain some things that are hard to understand” – 2 Peter 3v16, Even Peter admits some of Paul’s writing is difficult!

Things Paul prays

  • “Be full of the knowledge of God’s will”
    This means to know God and His character better
    When you know someone well, you get to know how they would think and act in a given situation à la Mr & Mrs.
    If you think WWJD, you’re only going to know the answer if we’re close to Him and walking with Him.
    He entrusts decisions to us with our knowledge of Him
    We may want to know who to marry, but He’s more interested in us being a good husband or wife.
  • “Live a life worthy of the Lord”
    When we are not in church, we still have a “I belong to Jesus” badge on, so how we live matters. People can smell hypocrisy a mile off. Our lives can damage Jesus’ reputation
  • Bearing fruit in every good work
  • Growing in the knowledge of God
  • Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience
    Endurance and patience is quite a different look on “power” to what we’re used to
  • Joyfully give thanks
    When you count your blessing you can’t stay grumpy for too long!
    If you’re struggling to realise your blessings, try reading Ephesians 1.
    We’re not called to pretend that bad things that happen are good, but we shouldn’t lose perspective. We should remember that God is Good.
    We can joyfully give thanks no matter what because of what Christ has done for us.
    You can’t stay grumpy for long knowing that Christ died on the cross on our behalf so that we can be right with God and spend eternity with Him.

If our greatest need was a economy or entertainment, God would have sent an economist or Ant & Dec (wait a minute?!), but He sent us a Saviour.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God

When we pray for others, we can pray through all the bullet points above!

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