Colossians 1:3-12 (NIV)

3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.  9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may 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, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.   

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NIV)

17 pray continually;  18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

DEVOTION – Susan Griswold (Colorado)

Every Sunday my church takes time for anyone who has had an inspiring experience with God during the week to tell the congregation about it.  One Sunday, a woman who had volunteered to weed our church flowerbed told us how she watched people as they walked past our downtown church.  She said she wondered about each person – what they did, if they were happy or troubled, what their life story was.  Then she offered a brief prayer for those she saw, asking God to bless them, to ease their burdens, and to grant them peace.

Recently, I had been feeling that my prayer life was a rut, praying over and over for the same friends, family members, and concerns.  Inspired by this woman’s prayer practice, I decided to pray every morning and night for a week for a specific person, whether or not I knew him or her.  It might be a visitor to my church, someone I read about in the newspaper, or someone who caught my attention while I went about my day.

I hope that those for whom I pray feel God’s presence in their lives.  I know that praying for someone who will never know of my prayers surely brings God’s joy to me!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Asking God’s blessing for someone else to blesses us.

PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, bless those we pass by as we go about our lives.  Tend to their needs and give them your peace.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.