Do you have family? Friends? As Christians, we have a calling to support them in prayer. Intercessory prayer isn’t easy. It’s gritty work, the combination of persistence and faith.
How do you pray for those you love? Do you pray the good ole’ “be with _____ today”? Or, maybe you find yourself saying, “God, just bless _______.” These may be appropriate starting points, but our prayers for others should have depth.
While there is no specific formula, I know of a good model prayer. The apostle Paul loved the church at Colossians. If we’re to care appropriately for those in our lives through prayer, we might pray something like this:
“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Colossians 1:9-12 (NASB, bold print my emphasis).
So, the next time you intercede, incorporate some of these elements. It helps direct our thoughts and properly covers our loved ones in prayer. Follow along with the bold highlights, and personalize it for whom the prayer is intended.
Remember, the call to intercede is an important one. Let’s not squander the opportunity to be faithful brothers and sisters in Christ today.