When I left home to attend Bible School, my friends gave me a new Bible to take with me. It was a beautiful red, leather bound KJV with my name monogrammed on the front. Truly a thoughtful gift!
As it turns out, I didn’t use that particular Bible much for study while at school but I still have it and cherish the thoughtfulness behind the gift! Inside my friends highlighted Colossians 1:9-12 and told me they were praying this for me.
9For 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, 10so 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, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.Colossians 1:9-12
If ever there was a premade prayer to use, this one is it. I was so honored that they took my journey seriously and were asking God to bless my life in this way. Read it again! The elements in this prayer are exactly what I need every day! I need: knowledge of his will, wisdom and understanding from the Spirit, a life worthy of the Lord, to please him in every way, bearing fruit, growing in my knowledge of God, strengthened with his power so that I can endure and be patient in this life, all while giving thanks to the Father who decided he wanted me to be a part of the family and invited me on this journey!
We think we need to know what is happening in a person’s life in order to pray effectively. We don’t! Just pick up the scriptures and put this prayer in action. Then stand back and watch God move!
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you who needs this prayer today and then speak it out for them! Be a part of the change the world needs by investing in someone’s life through prayer!