When we are asked to pray for someone it can be hard to think of a prayer “on the spot” (especially if we don’t know that person that well)
Or if we feel a nudge to pray for a specific person and we are unsure what to pray, we can feel like we are just jumbling our words together and they don’t make sense.
I was writing the verses down for my scripture writing plan the other day and this passage from Colossians really jumped out to me as a specific prayer to pray for someone else, or even over yourself. The name of a friend came to mind and I prayed those words for her, and for others that also came to mind as I was praying.
The book of Colossians was written by Paul while he was in prison. One of the main reasons he was writing to them was to debunk false teaching and expectations in Christ, and instead drive the message home that everything we need is from God.
Our Holy Confidence is found in Christ alone. Let’s take a look at Colossians 1:9-14:
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.
Continuously praying for other believers is one of the most loving things we can do for each other.
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
Pray they gain wisdom and understanding to follow in the ways of the Lord, and honors and pleases God in all that he or she does.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12
Pray they grow in their understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit’s work inside of them, giving them patience and endurance.
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Pray they will never stop giving thanks to God for seeking them out and calling them into His kingdom.
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.
Pray they never forget what God rescued them from and what He has now equipped them to do through the power of Jesus Christ.
I challenge you to prayer this prayer for someone (maybe a different someone) every day this week. There is power in the name of Jesus and there is power when we stand in the gap praying for others.
Our Holy Confidence gives us Spiritual Authority to pray for others.
I’m going to be starting a monthly blog-series next month looking at the word “Confidence” in the bible.
What does it mean? How do we get it? What do we do with it?
I’m super excited to dive into the word “confidence” in the bible and truly believe studying the verses that use this word will give us a greater understanding of Jesus and ourselves.
Many of you might remember that I have a book that will officially be available for purchase this fall, (You check out more HERE) and I believe that understanding what our Holy Confidence is and how we grow in it, sets the stage to be able to take the principles I discuss in the book and see transformation in our own lives!
I would love to pray for us now as we start to pray this prayer in Colossians for others this week and also as we start to learn and apply our “Holy Confidence” to our lives in the upcoming month!
Thank you for bringing us out of the darkness and into your light. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters and Christ. Help us to pray this prayer wholeheartedly this week, and reveal yourself to us and the ones that we pray for in a fresh and purposeful way. Please prepare our hearts for what you want us to learn about growing in our Holy Confidence. I thank you for my sweet friends and family in Christ and bless them and equip them to do your good work.
In Jesus name. Amen.