Praying for others
June 14, 2020: SOAP #3846: 1Kings 16; 2Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1
Scripture: Colossians (NIV) 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may 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, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Observation: Yesterday the SOAP was about praying for myself and my requests. In this chapter we find Paul praying for others. He loves the people in the churches he planted so it is natural that when he talks to God, he would mention them.
In his writings, Paul seldom prays for physical needs. He is more interested in their spiritual growth and their preparation for heaven. Eternal issues take priority in Paul's prayers for others. He does not pray for them to have an easy life but for them to live a holy life. He prays for spiritual wisdom to understand God's ways. He prays for strength to endure hardship. He prays for their eternal reward.
Application: Much of Jesus' ministry in the gospels, as well as Paul's ministry in the book of Acts, is responding to people requesting healing.
Ministry to physical needs is an expression of God's concern for His creation. He formed us in His image; He breathed His life into us. Our physical lives are important to Him. Ministry to our spiritual needs is an expression of His love for us and desire that we spend eternity with Him! His plans for us go far beyond this life! He desires a never-ending relationship with us!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, pray through me for others according to the Father's will. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!