There’s one thing for sure that I’ve noticed about our Calvary church family, when there’s someone in need, people pray. The most powerful thing we can do for someone is pray for them. It reminds me of Paul’s prayer to the Colossian church.

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease
to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge
of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may
walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every
good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with
all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who
had qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption
though His blood, and forgiveness of sins”
– Colossians 1:9-14 NKJV

Here are some characteristics of Paul’s prayer that we can consider while praying for others:

-To be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Pray that God can make clear the exact decision He wishes a person to make in every circumstance.

-To walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Pray that a person’s life will have eternal weight and not temporally.

-To bear fruit in every good work. Pray that a person remains Christ-centered through their conduct and in their character.

-To increase in the knowledge of God. Pray that a person grows closer to the Heavenly Father through the circumstances.

-To be strengthened with the power of God. Pray that a person sustains the power of the Holy Spirit and does not let the power of this world weaken their stance.

-To give thanks. Pray that a person gives thanks to God for His divine answers.

Effective prayer is powerful. Consider these prayer characteristics the next time you bow you head in prayer for someone who needs a touch from God. The power is not from the prayer itself but from the release God gives in His perfect answer.

“Your God has commanded your strength; Strengthen, O God,
what You have done for us” – Psalms 68:28

-Bill S