I have a friend who used to always tell people that he’d “pray about it” when people asked him to do something that he wasn’t particularly interested in doing. We all knew that his REAL answer was a resounding “heck no!” but that this friend just really didn’t want to say that to people. I wonder where he got this habit from? Did people always tell him that and then not follow through?
Regardless, this section of Colossians tells us how Paul and Timothy prayed for the people at Colossae. The SheReadsTruth devotional points out that when we tell people that we’ll pray (either on something or for something) that we should do it). They used the model of Timothy and Paul as template to show us how to pray for our friends:
- Thank God for them. (v. 3)
- Ask that they will be given wise minds with spirits attuned to his will (v. 9)
- Pray that they will honor God with their lives (v. 10)
- Pray that they will bear fruit in every good work (v. 10)
- Pray that they will increase in the knowledge of God (v. 10)
- Ask that they will be strengthened in all power with endurance and patience with joy. (v. 11)
- Ask that they would also give thanks to the Father from Whom their inheritance comes (v. 12)
Asking for prayer (or anything else for that matter) is not my strong suit. So, you’ll rarely hear me ask for prayer… very, very rarely. But, I also don’t subscribe to the idea that we should tell people that we’ll pray and not follow through. I feel that doing this is the same thing as lying.
Not sure what else to say so I’m just gonna end this post here.
Tomorrow, Day 3.