Reflection: How remarkable! Not only are we exhorted to ask God for wisdom, Paul reminds us that we can also pray for others to be filled with wisdom and understanding!
What is our responsibility in praying for others? Do you ask God to give wisdom to the principal and teachers at your children’s school? Do you pray for our politicians? Do you pray for your manager at work, for your pastors, neighbours, relatives, friends?
Paul claims that he is continually asking God…not a one off. The other important part of this verse is that Paul is telling these Christians of Colossae that he and Epaphras haven’t stopped praying for them. How encouraging is that! Do you tell people that you are praying for them? Do you tell your children that you pray for them?
We cannot protect our children from the myriad of challenges life throws up, even though we want to. But one thing we can do is pray. Pray for wisdom. Pray for them. Pray that they will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Pray the same prayer for your local politician. For the country’s leaders. For yourself. Pray. Pray. God promises his wisdom.
Prayer: Father God, help me to pray continually for leaders, friends, pastors, those who impact many lives. May you fill these people with the knowledge of your will through all wisdom and understanding that your Spirit gives. Amen.