9 For 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, 10 so 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, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
What a towering prayer – what an amazing action! Paul says that from the first time he heard of the Christians in Colossae that he and others had been praying for them. And then he lets us know what he has prayed for them, and what a prayer it is!
I remember when I first heard of the C3 Church in Cheltenham, England – I started praying for them – simply because I live in the suburb of Cheltenham here in Australia. The same for the city of Oulu in northern Finland where our extended family come from – we visited and God placed the city on our heart and we began to pray for the city and for a church to be planted there – and seven years later I taught a guy at bible college from that northern Finland city here in Sydney who was planning to go and plant a C3 Church in Oulu! God really does use our prayers and our praying. But as I read this passage again – I am struck not simply by the fact of the praying that Paul did as he reached out toward his brother and sisters – I LOVE his prayer!
Now I can learn a lot from this prayer! It is specific, powerful and pointed. It is not a bunch of motherhood type of statements – it has force! I need to sharpen up my prayer life for people to this kind of praying. Indeed I will start by cracking open this prayer and praying it over people – in faith – so that they too may be “strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that they may have great endurance and patience”.
Father, teach me to pray deeper, stronger that I may see your purposes fulfilled in the lives of those I am in contact with!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta