“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” -1 Timothy 2:1-4
People who have a good relationship with the Lord spend lots of time in prayer each day. One way to draw closer to God in prayer is to expand the number of people and things you pray for by writing a list. Some suggestions include:
• Family (spouse, children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.)
• Leaders (church leadership, political officials, your country’s leaders)
• Authority (parents, teachers, bosses)
• Friends and Neighbors (with particular attention to the unsaved)
• People who are depressed, hospitalized, or ill
• People affected by death, divorce, or other stressful life events
• People with substance abuse problems
• Professionals with dangerous jobs (soldiers, police, firefighters)
• The homeless or needy
• Pets, strays, and endangered animals
• Your enemies
God wants all to be saved and live a life of holiness. Beyond that, He wants them to enjoy physical, emotional, and mental health. By praying into the lives of other people, you are learning the will of God. Your words do not need to be fancy. God will see your heart.
Don’t limit your prayer to your own list. Consider how God calls us to pray as we go about our day. Has an old friend come to your mind suddenly? Or maybe there is someone in your family that comes to your remembrance repeatedly. These could be God’s invitation to pray for this person. If you have an impression on what you could pray for them such as financial need or health issues, then pray for that. If you are unsure, call them and tell them they have been on your mind lately and you wonder how they have been.
Your prayer could sound something like this: Lord, thank You that You are our Provider. I trust You to bring provision to this person. I believe you want this person to be healed. Give them complete healing in their body. Thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Try this! Close your eyes and relax. Ask the Lord to show you someone who needs your prayer today. God is good and wants the best for you and the ones you love. Step out in faith to pray according to thoughts influenced by the One who knows what we need most. Your relationship with God is going to deepen when you respond to the conversation He invites you to partake in.
Get your whole household involved in prayer. Ask your spouse to pray for certain people according to their needs. If you have kids, teach them to pray and hold them accountable for their prayer time every day by asking, “Did you say your prayers?”
© 2015 Kim Bond
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