Praying with Paul
Of the many prayers recorded in scripture, Colossians 1.5-12 contains my favorite “outline” to pray for myself, my family, my friends and co-workers, and many others.
It begins with Paul saying “we haven’t stopped praying for you.” Convicts me as I remember people for whom I’ve not prayed, and wonder how many people I’ve told “I’ll be praying for you” and fail to follow through.
Then come specific requests:
He asks “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”
That prayer helps us “walk worthy” of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him”
Part of that pleasing is we are “bearing fruit in every good work”
And even as we bear fruit we are “growing in the knowledge of God”
Which allows us to be “strengthened with power according to His glorious might”
Which will give us “great endurance and patience“
So we may “joyfully give thanks to the Father…”
There it is…covers a lot of bases…and thus I often pray it for myself and others.
Perhaps it would be of help to you in your times of prayer?