One of my mentors of how to pray is the apostle Paul. It seems each time he wrote a letter to a person or a gathering of Christ followers, he mentioned he was praying for them. What an encouragement! He not only said he prayed, but apparently did it too. I read over his prayers for the Ephesians in 1:15-23 and 3:14-21 and noted some fundamental ideas about prayer.
Prayer recognizes our need for God’s assistance. Prayer admits I can’t do it myself. Prayer acknowledges that God is in charge. Prayer recognizes that our life and service belongs to God. Prayer is the method Jesus, Paul, (and many others) used for communication with God. Prayer creates opportunities for the blessing of partnership with God. Prayer is the link to the reality of the Holy Spirit’s anointing and empowerment. Prayer helps you act as a conduit to unleash the power of God. Prayer cultivates provision and miracles. Prayer brings about change. Prayer is the path for personal, corporate, church, and societal renewal.
Scripture reveals many people that can inspire and equip us how to pray for others. Here are some that you could try praying for your friends, family, mentors, and leaders this week.
Pray for the faith of Abraham – Abraham trusted God to leave everything, even when he didn’t know where it would take him. “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1-2
Pray for the leadership and intercession of Moses on the behalf of others – Note the relationship of a leader to his people. “The next day Moses said to the people, ‘You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.’ So Moses went back to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin – but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.’” Exodus 32:30-32
Pray for the courage and conviction of Daniel – in spite of living in a culture that denigrated his expression of faith. “Then they said to the king, ‘Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day’. So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!’” Daniel 6:13, 16
Pray for the integrity of Esther – who stood for what was right at great personal risk. “But who knows that you came to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Pray for the heart of David – when you sin and break God’s law. “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; blot out me transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin… “create in me a clean heart, O God.” Psalm 51:1-2, 10
Pray for the faithfulness of Timothy – in your character, calling, and competence. “But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.” Philippians 2:22
Grow devotionally. Pray for qualities of biblical leaders for yourself and others you care about. Pray for closeness to God. clarity of vision, and power for service. Go ahead: I ask God for…
Love is a verb,