Colossians 1:9 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, 10 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, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 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. 13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Imagine this, you have been unjustly accused and find yourself in prison. It is dark and cold, and you have no idea when you might get your next meal. You bow your head to pray…For what would you pray?

If you are like me, you would probably pray for a blanket, a meal, and a good lawyer to get you out quickly because you are being falsely accused. However, if you are the Apostle Paul, instead of praying for your own needs, you pray for the needs of others. In Colossians chapter 1,  Even though Paul is a prisoner who is lonely, cold and hungry,he prays,“…we have not stopped praying for you. 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way…” (Colossians 1:9-10)

Think about that prayer. When Paul could have prayed for himself, he prayed for others. How many times do we pray for ourselves when someone else could use our prayers? Next time you pray, do not let your own circumstances become your excuse not to pray for others.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D