Today, Sunday May 09
Learning to Pray for One Another Colossians 1:9
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
I’m convinced that the most helpful, beneficial and powerful thing that I can do for someone else is to pray for them in a scriptural way. I believe that probably the worst sin that I can commit is the sin of prayerlessness. The disciples of Jesus never ask Him to teach them how to preach or teach. They never ask Him to teach them how to win souls or even to do miracles. But they did ask Him to teach them how to pray.
They asked Jesus to teach them to pray after they had observed and heard Him praying to His Father. They must have noticed something about the prayer life of the Savior that went deep into their heart and soul. They realized the importance and power of prayer and knew they needed to know how to pray like Him.
How’s your prayer life? I often hear people say that they just don’t know what to pray. Well, a great place to learn how and what to pray is to simply read through the prayers that people prayed in the Bible. And many of those prayers can be read and repeated as your own personal prayer.
I also firmly believe that one of the reasons for our prayerlessness is that we don’t realize the need to pray. In other words, we are so proud and self-sufficient that we don’t sense any need or reason to pray. Or we have unconfessed sin in our lives and we really do not want to confess it and deal with it.
I trust that you will study this prayer in Colossians 1:9-14 with me over the next several days and that it will encourage you to begin to pray on a regular basis for the people the Lord as put in your life. Your prayers can mean the difference between life and death for them!
Today may the Lord teach us to pray!