Colossians 1:9-12; Romans 15:13; Various
Being a Blessing to Others: Taking Time To Pray For Others
Colossians 1:9-12; Romans 15:13; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
We have been talking about blessing others. We are blessed by God to be a blessing to others. We can bless people by giving a verbal blessing. We can also bless them by sharing God’s blessing of Agape - unconditional love. We can bless people by abounding in every good work. We can bless people by not just looking after our own interest but looking after the interest of others. We can bless people by practicing the Golden Rule.
Tonight I want to share with you one of the Apostle Paul’s favorite ways to bless people. He would bless people by praying for them. He sent a letter of encouragement to the church in Colossae in which he opened with this beautiful message, “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, 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, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Almost all of Paul’s letters have a prayer of blessing in them.
I believe that we should bless others by praying for them. Now most churches have a prayer list where we list the people who are sick or have special needs. Not everyone has needs that they feel need to go on the prayer list. In fact, some people are fighting private battles that they don’t want everyone to know. So when I visit someone or talk to them on the phone I like to pray for them and encourage them with the Scriptures. It’s nothing fancy. I just pray for them by name asking God to bless them, their family, and their home. And share whatever scripture I am meditating on that day.
But you can also bless people with scripture blessing prayers.One of the favorite blessing prayers of mine is Romans 15:13. In goes like this, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” You can use this to say a type of prayer. A friend of mine does has it memorized in a format that is easy to use. He says, “Dear Father in heaven, May you fill __________ with all joy and peace as he/she trusts in you. Allow him/her to overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Here are some other scripture blessing prayers:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – “We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5,16 – “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance…Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
Hebrews 13:20-21 – “May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Philippians 1:9-10 – “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
It’s not important how you bless someone in prayer. It’s important that you do it. Often times when someone ask you to pray for them we say we will but when we part from them we don’t remember to do it. I believe that the best way to remember is to pray with them before you leave. It will help you keep them in prayer.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God Almighty, This is our prayer for our brothers and sisters watching tonight. May your love abound in them more and more. May your knowledge and insight help them to discern the best course to take. May you keep them pure and blameless until the day of Christ. Fill them with the fruit of righteousness. Help them to serve you more and more each day. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!
“Good night and God bless you.”