Pray It Forward

Tim Huizenga

Read: Colossians 4:2-6

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (v. 2)

This past Easter, Linda changed my prayer life. I participated in a campaign at church called #prayitforward. Each person was challenged to fill in this blank: “My heart’s desire is for ________ to encounter Jesus this Easter season.” Once a name was filled in, that card was dropped in a basket. Then, each person was asked to pull out a different card and pray for that person. The card I pulled out had the name “Linda” written on it. It was a new, small way to change up who I prayed for. I had a renewed sense of involvement and fervently prayed for Linda, not even knowing who she was. Without any background, bias, or baggage, I prayed specifically and boldly for her.

Paul similarly challenges the believers in the city of Colossae, and us, to “continue steadfastly in prayer.” He asks, like we should ask, for doors to open so that the world may know the good news of the risen Jesus Christ. He asks, like we should ask, for the message to be clear. He asks, like we should ask, for wisdom about specifically whom to share the gospel with. He asks, like we should ask, for his words to be gracious and loving.

Who is the “Linda” in your story? Our Savior is in the transformation business, and the world needs to hear how “God so loved the world.” —Tim Huizenga

Prayer: Jesus, we know you transform lives. Please show me who to pray for, whoever needs to hear about you. Amen.