Friday, October 8, 2010

Praying for One Another (Colossians 1)

When you pray for someone else, what kinds of things do you pray? How do you decide for whom you are going to pray?

Read Paul's prayer for the Colossians in Colossians 1:9-14.

Which part of this prayer do you most appreciate?

Which part of this prayer raises questions in your mind? (give the group a chance to discuss these questions)

Are any parts of this prayer convicting for you? Why?

Paul says he has not stopped praying for the people in Colosse. What do you think he means by that?

How would your relationship with someone change if you prayed for them every day?

For what kinds of people should you be praying every day?

Here are some of the things Paul prayed for the Colossians:
  • increased knowledge of God's will
  • spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • a life that honors and pleases God
  • the fruit of good works
  • a growing knowledge of God
  • strength, endurance, and patience
  • joy
Which of these prayer items do you most need?

Take a minute as a group and have everyone pray silently for each other, and the needs they've expressed.

For whom will you commit to pray every day this week? What will be your prayer for them?

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