If I’m not careful I can find my prayers for others becoming rote and superficial. I’ll pray that loved ones “have a good day” and that God will “keep them safe.” Of course, there is nothing wrong with these things. But when we come to the New Testament we see some rich prayers for God’s people. If you’re looking to kickstart your prayer life, there’s no better way than to pray the scripture.
In Colossians 1:9-14, Paul gives 8 things he and Timothy prayed for the church at Colossae:
 And so, from the day we heard, 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,  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Take a moment today to pray these things for yourself and for your brothers and sisters in Christ:
- Pray that they may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (v.9)
- Pray that they walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (v.10a)
- Pray that their lives are fully pleasing to him (v.10b)
- Pray that their lives bear fruit for God (v.10c)
- Pray that they increase in the knowledge of God. (v.10d)
- Pray that they are strengthened with all power according to his glorious might (v.11a)
- Pray that this strength leads to endurance and patience with joy (v.11b)
- Pray that they give thanks to God for the gospel of Jesus Christ (v.12-14)
More resources on praying the Bible…
-What Should We Pray For? by John Piper (Article)
-Praying The Bible by Donald S. Whitney (Book) I have yet to read this, but have heard only good things