“9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[c] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[d] and forgave our sins.” (Col 1:9-13)

 

Paul the apostle frequently opened his letters to churches with his specific prayers for those churches.  And we can still pray those prayers today.

If you want to pray Colossians 1, just put your name or the name of someone you care about here:

“I ask you God to give ____ complete knowledge of your will and spiritual wisdom and understanding, so the way they live will always honor and please You, and their lives will produce every kind of good fruit.   Help ____ grow all the while as they learn to know You better and better.

I also pray that ____ will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so  ____ will have all the endurance and patience they need.   May they be filled with joy, always thanking You.   Thank You for rescuing  _____ from the kingdom of darkness and transferring ____ into the Kingdom of your dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”

No, you don’t have to do this word for word if that feels awkward.  (Though you can).   But you get the idea.   Paul the apostle clearly knew how and what to pray, and we can learn from his prayers, and appropriate them, still today.