Praying for Friends

Do you know anyone who prays for you on a regular basis? Wouldn’t you love to have an intercessor in your corner like Paul? Paul was always praying for his friends. He wrote to:

  • the Romans (Romans 1:9-10) : “God…is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times.”
  • the Ephesians (Ephesians 1:15-16): “Ever since I heard about your faith…I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
  • the Philippians (Philippians 1:4): “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.”
  • the Colossians (Colossians 1:9): “Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.”
  • the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3): “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work.”
  • Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3): “I thank God…as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”

Paul’s prayers did not consist of vague language like “Please bless so and so” either. Rather, he prayed asking that “you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father…” (Colossians 1:9-12).

I am so glad for a mom and dad and wife who pray for me like Paul prayed for his friends. I know that I don’t begin to realize and appreciate what a difference their prayers have made in my life.  Paul’s faithfulness in prayer and my families, encourages me to do likewise. May it encourage you also! We need more prayer warriors!

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