Intercessory prayer is prayer for others. But, we see in Colossians 1:9-12, it seeks for more than just physical needs to be met. Here, in Paul’s intercessory prayer, he asked for deeper, more fundamental needs. He asked for them to:
- know God’s will (v. 9)
- walk in a Christ-like manner (v. 10)
- be pleasing to God in every way (v. 10)
- be fruitful in every good work (v. 10)
- increase in the knowledge of God (v. 10)
- be strengthened, persevere, be patient, and give thanks (v. 11)
So, as we intercede for others, we need to go beyond the superficial requests, and beyond just the physical needs. We need to pray for their spirit as well – that they will have a spirit of joy, even in the midst of their trying circumstances. This is the kind of prayer that truly intercedes for someone. It meets the foundational needs of their lives.
Make it a point to intercede in this way for your church members, your church leaders, our nation’s leaders, and for those who are unsaved.