We are to pray not only for ourselves, but for others and our concerns for them. All members of God’s family should encourage one other and pray for one other. If you've ever wondered how to pray for your loved ones, this passage provides a wonderful model. Praying through Scripture passages can help us integrate our time in God's Word with our conversation with Him. As the Lord brings people to mind during your prayer time today, pray through this passage for each one. One of the remarkable things about Paul’s prayers is how he focused on the spiritual well-being and blessing of those for whom he prayed, not necessarily trying to “fix” specific problems in their lives. One of the best gifts we can give those we love is to pray for them. One of the most important prayers we can pray for other believers is the one Paul prays here. We can pray for those we love to be strengthened by God's Spirit! Not only can we pray this prayer for them, but we can also let them know that we are praying this prayer for them. Why not copy Paul's prayer and send it to a believing friend or family member and let them know that you have prayed this prayer for them today?
1. As you contemplate your prayer life, ask what gets more of your focus. Is it you or others?
2. Why is prayer for others important?
3. What should we pray for one another?
Challenge: Begin praying for others today and help to build up the body of Christ. It is a great way to grow spiritually, as it takes the focus off of you and onto others. One of the best ways to grow spiritually is to focus more on others than on ourselves.
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