“I Pray That You Do Good in Life”

My office door is filled with “homemade” cards from the children of our church. All of our pastors have the same kind of decoration on their doors as well. Every time I walk into the office I smile either outwardly (a lot of times) or inwardly.

The cards came from our children’s ministry where the children are being taught to be thankful and to honor those who serve them. Each day I take down several cards and read them. Today one of the cards I read said, “I pray that you do good in life.” I really smiled at that. I couldn’t help but think about the difference in our ages. He’s probably ten. I could see my praying that he would have a wonderful life and do good in life. I thought how wonderful that he would pray for me in the same way.

Isn’t it wonderful when we pray for one another and ask for God to bless the people around us? That’s what Paul did often.

For the church at Colossae struggling with false teaching, Paul prayed for them. “And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).

He went on to pray that they might be strengthened with all power.

Shouldn’t we pray in the same way? When you pass by a church building, wouldn’t it be good to pray for that church even though it isn’t where you attend and serve?

Shouldn’t we pray for one another that we might be filled with knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and power? Don’t we all need to lead a life worthy of the Lord and to be fully pleasing to Him?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone prayed that you might do good in life?

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[Thanksgiving] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— — 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (NIV)