Praying is essential for a Christian life. But do you ever feel like you aren’t very good at praying? I know some people doubt if their prayers even work at all. The good news is, they do work and we can become prayer warriors that make a difference in other’s lives.
I’ve often wondered what is the right way to pray. This must be a common question among Christians, because there are 1,000’s of books on this subject. Have you ever picked up one of these books? I know I have. They are great resources and have fantastic tips for those of us that feel unsure about something that should be so certain.
One of the biggest hang-ups I’ve had about praying, is praying for others. There are three ways that we can pray for others. The first, when someone has requested prayers for their self. Second, when someone has asked for prayers for a family member or friend. And third, when you feel that someone just needs prayer.
The first two seem simple to me. They are usually a request for someone that has had a trauma or is sick. No problem, I can do that. I can stand in agreement with the other person or family for healing, quick recovery and answers. I can pray the 91st Psalm for them.
The third, is a little trickier though. It can feel that I’m being judgmental at times. Do I just think someone needs prayer? Is it because they aren’t doing what I think they should be doing? Or am I praying for them because I want them to change?
The problem: it’s not up to me what God’s will is for them. It’s up to Him. So how should I know what to pray for someone else?
Not too long ago, I stumbled across Colossians 1:9-14. It’s exactly what I needed for those times that I know I need to pray for someone else, but I’m just not sure what to pray. It has become my goto prayer when I’m just not sure.
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I ask, You God, to give [name] complete knowledge of Your will and to give [name] spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way [she/he] lives will always honor and please You Lord, and [his/her] life will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, [name] will grow as [he/she] learns to know You, God better and better.
I also pray that [name] will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so [she/he], will have all the endurance and patience [she/he] needs. May [name] be filled with joy, always thanking You, the Father. You have enabled [name] to share in the inheritance that belongs to Your people, who live in the Light. For You have rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of Your dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (Colossians 1:9-14)
Of course, there are many scriptures that answers the question, “what do I pray for others”. I am a firm believer that we should pray God’s Word. He put all of those Words in His Great Book for a reason.