My reflection today is from Living Faith:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you… Colossians 1:9
“ Saint Paul is in prison, with a death sentence hanging over him. But all he sees is his beloved church in Colossae, filled with ‘the holy ones in light.’ I assume he was praying for their strength, their faith, they are perseverance. And, no doubt, they returned the favor, that Paul may not fail.
Prayer should be our constant commitment as well. We may be far apart, but praying for each other will bring us closer. And let us pray by name for all who have helped us. As I do in my work with the poor in Honduras, I have a prayer list! I’m sure Paul did the same. Indeed, the letter ends with names especially dear to him, including, ‘Luke the beloved physician,’ (Colossians 4:14) his constant companion. Let us pray!” Miguel Dulick
I remember there was a university that did a study on the effects of prayer. There was one group that was prayed for, another group was told they were being prayed for, and a group that was not being prayed for… Both groups that were being prayed for had a dramatic increase in healing.