One of the things that I have realised this year is how much I love to hear people praying for someone. I enjoy praying for people myself, but it really lifts my heart to hear someone pray over another person. Even if I don’t know the people praying or being prayed for. I experienced this while listening to a Christian radio station one afternoon while driving in my car. At that time they had a segment where a guest pastor would be in the studio and the radio host would read out a prayer request from a listener. The pastor would then pray for that person live on air. This was repeated a number of times as the pastor prayed for various people. At first I wondered why they would make a segment of this, the prayers were for a specific person, not everyone else listening in. What benefit was there to the rest of us?
And yet, as I continued listening I felt a sense of joy as I heard the prayer for that person. I prayed along in agreement with the pastor, experiencing the joy of intercession. This is something that I have missed about being gathered together with other believers. I have missed sharing in times of prayer for another, hearing someone’s heart as they lift someone up in prayer before the Lord.
And so now I’m going to sit back and picture the Apostle Paul dictating these words of prayer to the believers at Colossae, I’m going to imagine that he is praying these words over you and I that get to stand close by, praying silently in agreement with his every word, experiencing the joy of intercession. Here is a prayer for you:
9 …We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and 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, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14 In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:9-14)