Let me ask you a question:
How do you sincerely love other believers?
When you pray, who are you talking to? Aren’t you talking to God who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient? God has unlimited power and can do anything; the Bible is proof of that. Also, I don’t know about you, but I have experienced many of his miracles personally (maybe one of these times I will share a few with you all). He is present everywhere at the same time; He was, is, and ever shall be. God knows everything; he knows when a single hair falls from your head. When you pray, you are talking to the One who cares for you the most, the Creator. I think that one of the sincerest forms of love towards a brother or sister in Christ is to pray for them.
God knows all, see’s all, and created all. He knows and provides every individual’s needs. That person you pray for, God knows their life, situation, and need. He cares deeply for them. But he loves when we show our love for them to him nonetheless. He sees your care, he sees it in your intentions and heart, but he loves when you put that care into action.
There are some I do not know how to pray for, though. Some I may know, while others I may not so well. In times like that, I look at the book of Colossians. Paul wrote a letter to those he has never even met, the church in Colossae. In chapter 1, he prays for them.
"We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 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, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 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. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:9b-14.
There are many factors pointed out to me in these verses: God’s will, spiritual wisdom, honoring God, bearing good fruit, knowledge, strength, endurance and patience, joy, and thankfulness. My Bible tells me to use Paul’s prayer as a pattern.
We all need a continual understanding of God’s will. We need to continually gain spiritual wisdom, as well as honor and please God. We need to continually bear good fruit and grow in our knowledge of God. We can always use and rely on God’s power to strengthen us. I know, I often need endurance and patience, I am sure we all do. We also need to be filled with joy and to give thanks always. These factors will always be needed. This is how we can pray for those when we do not know how to.
This is one of the purest ways I know we can love a fellow brother or sister. So, I will leave you with this little challenge.
Whenever anyone crosses your mind, whether friend, family member, church member, missionary, leader, acquaintance etc. Whenever anyone enters your mind out of the blue, stop right then and pray for them. We always need it.