Colossians 1:3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you
Do you pray for others? Most of us do, but maybe we spend most of our time praying for the needs of others rather than going so far as to give thanks while we pray for them. The example Paul gives in many of his letters is one we should follow.
Who has been a blessing in your life? Who has done something for you that was selfless and kind? Have you thanked God for them? It’s interesting to note that Paul doesn’t specifically say here that he gives thanks for the people he’s praying for, just that he thanks God while he’s praying for them. (Actually, if you read this verse in context, it’s quite the run-on sentence)
Why don’t you try that today? As you pray, when someone comes to mind, thank God. It might be for something that person has done or you might just thank God for what He’s done while that person is on your mind.
There’s never a bad time to give thanks to the Lord. He’s never upset to hear praises given up to Him, whether it’s during a designated prayer time or just some random time during the day. Thank Him for all things, for all He’s done, for all He is, and for the people that He’s placed in your life. Let them know that you thank the Lord when you pray for them. It’s good to hear.