Most of us can pray the Lord’s prayer from memory. This model from Jesus focuses on God, but includes our needs. Praying for each other and our struggles is a vital part of fellowship.
For several years, I’ve been using Scripture prayers to guide my thoughts and intentions. One of my favorite passages is Ephesians 1:16-19.
This morning my Bible reading app centered on Colossians 1:9-13, Paul’s prayer for the believers in Colossi. Some of the things Paul prayed included
1) complete knowledge of His will
2) spiritual wisdom and understanding
3) lives will honor and please the Lord
4) produce good fruit
5) grow to know the Lord better
6) strengthened in his power
7) filled with joy.
Somehow, God connected Paul’s prayer with an idea from Steven Covey about how we often deal only with the urgent items- surgeries, illness, and loss- while neglecting the important things, like spiritual growth and wisdom. This leads to burn out and dissatisfaction, for the weekly prayer list is consistently long.
In Covey’s First Things First book, some of the important, but not urgent items include preparation, prevention, planning, relationship building, empowerment.
When was the last time you made a list of important but not urgent matters to pray over your loved ones and the people in your church family?
Try praying a few verses of Scripture for people in your life. Here is one based on the verses in to get you started.
Father, as I think of _________ today, give them complete knowledge of your will today, along with spiritual wisdom and understanding. Let the choices they make today bring honor to You and please You. Work in their life to produce good fruit, like you describe in Galatians 5:22, 23 – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. As these fruit become evident in their life, may they continue to know the Lord better every day. And today, strengthen them in Your power and fill them with joy that overflows to those around them.
You might discover that God opens up “showers of blessing” (Ezekiel 34:26) as you pray His Word and His blessing into the lives of those around you.