“As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God: Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” ~Colossians 1:7-12
After reading this passage this morning, I realized I am guilty of something…
I tend to either only pray for people when they “need” it or pray for them more when they are going through hard times physically and spiritually. I just realized that Paul did so much more! When he heard of the Colossians love in the spirit, their faith in Christ Jesus and love for their brothers and sisters in Christ, he said they did “not cease to pray” for them.
It makes so much sense to pray for someone when they’re going through something tough, but when we start to see God growing and working in a life is when we need to pray for them just as much if not more! It is so important to pray for someone that is growing in their relationship with Christ because this is when the devil tries his hardest to discourage and get them down and because it is at this point that they have SO much potential for God’s kingdom work!
My goal for today is to think of someone that has encouraged me by their recent growth in Christ and pray for them! Will you do the same?