Paul understands the importance of prayer. Verse 9 says Paul and his companions have “not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God…” Paul prays for their continued growth. Paul prays specifically for them to bear fruit, grow in the knowledge of God, and be strengthened. He knows prayer is a crucial part of spiritual development. Paul doesn’t just pray for the people in times of crisis or major life circumstances, but on a regular basis.
Like Paul, we should pray for the spiritual growth of others. We should pray for them not only when they ask for prayer or are in a crisis, but continually.
As you spend time in the Chair today, consider who you need to be praying for regularly. When someone you know evidences new spiritual growth, commit to pray for them. Maybe it’s a friend who was just baptized or your co-worker who started attending church again. Use the bookmark you received this weekend and pray this prayer for yourself, for a friend, and for your church this week. (To print a PDF version, click here.)