Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Joy: feelings of great happiness or pleasure, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind. When we pray for others, we should make it a joy filled time. Joy enlivens prayer and makes it fruitful. We should be excited, knowing that our Father hears and answers prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I ask that You would encourage and strengthen those reading this prayer. Your Word tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We know that apart from You we can do nothing, that includes praying effectively. So Father, we purpose to hide ourselves in You. As we pray for our loved ones, our friends, those in authority and even our enemies, may we pray for them with joy. In Jesus Name, Amen.