Praying the prayers of Paul over people

There are times when I need more than, “Lord, just bless them,” as I pray for people.

There are needs to pray for in people’s lives, to be sure, but there are BLESSINGS to pray into people’s lives as well.

Colossians 1:9-14 has a beautiful prayer to pray on behalf of others. I have found it to be a great guide in truly asking for something a bit deeper than “just bless them.”

Am I praying for someone that they may be filled with the knowledge of his will? I am praying for spiritual wisdom, along with understanding, in their lives?

Am I asking that they live lives fully pleasing to the Lord (and not to me)? Do I ask the Lord to strengthen them with ALL power? (Or, do I want to have slightly more power and recognition than them?)

I have a hunger to pray blessing into the lives of others and ask they be filled with ALL that God can give them.


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