Today, I received an email from our small group Bible study leader. He said that he was praying Colossians 1:9-12 for us all. That passage reads…
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. 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.
I never looked at the passage in this context before, but it is a great idea for a group prayer. Even though each individual should be praying daily as naturally as breathing, it is often difficult for some to get in this habit on a regular basis. The act of intercessory prayer, where you pray for other’s needs, is a great way to get familiar with prayer if you are new to it.
Some small groups do a “prayer request chain” where if someone has a need, they can post it up and everyone will pray for them. In the “Contact” section of this site, there is also a place for prayer requests too, should you need it.
Perhaps you might be inspired by Paul’s words to the church at Colossia and use these words to pray for your small group in this way too. We bear good fruit when we remain in Him. Prayer is a great way to become aware of His goodness so that the fruit of the Spirit naturally develops in us.