“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…” Colossians 1:9
There is just something special about praying friends! As a boxer has his team of encouragers in his corner, so we must have a team of intercessors and ministers in our corner, as well. When the bell rings and you step to the center of the ring, having those who are for you, cheering you on, is invaluable. In fact, no one steps in the ring without a “backup.” And that’s just what intercessors are…a backup team. Called by God, inspired by the Spirit’s tug, they are engaged with you every step of the way.
When the apostle Paul wrote these words to the Colossians, he was serious about it. “Since the day we heard about you…” carries a sense of compassion and identification with it. He was saying, “I’m in this with you and I haven’t stopped praying for you.” Those were powerful words to read and hear from someone. It’s so easy to feel defeated in the daily grind, but when you know someone is actually praying for you, it takes you to a different place mentally, emotionally and yes, spiritually. You are not alone.
Do you have people like that in your life? If you were to list five people, not counting a parent, who prays for you daily, could you? Sure, we all have people who say, “I’m praying for you,” as if to say, “want you to know that I think about you every so often” in our lives. Telling someone you will pray for them and not following through is clearly hypocrisy. In fact, the next time you feel like saying that to someone, just go ahead and ask them if you could pray for them right now. When you engage in the burden someone is carrying, and they hear you praying for them, it brings deep encouragement. “Oh Lord, please give me praying friends…and make me one, too!”