HOW TO PRAY FOR OTHERS
- Pray for other people as you would want them to pray for you. If I had a decision to make, I’d want prayers asking God to give me wisdom or to show me clearly what to do. If I were afraid, I would appreciate prayers for courage and faith.
- Pray for what you would like to see change or happen in another person’s life. What are the best outcomes for his or her situation? My challenge is to make sure my prayers aren’t selfish, that I am praying for God’s will.
- Say prayers from the Bible. When I use prayers from scripture, I don’t have to wonder if they are God’s will. For example, 2 Thessalonians 3:5 is a prayer asking God to comfort and strengthen believers’ hearts.
This is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14 (NRSV)
TRY PRAYING IN THE MOMENT: When I hear about someone who needs prayer, I pray immediately. When friends ask for prayers, I stop at that moment and ask God to be with them. When I hear an ambulance go by, I pray that God will be with the person who is sick or injured. I pray before my intention to pray slips my mind or prayer requests get lost in my busy life.
—Robin Gericke, 15
More Prayers from the Bible
- Philippians 1:9–11
- Ephesians 1:18–19a
- Ephesians 3:14–21
- Colossians 1:9–12
- 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12
- 2 Thessalonians 3:16
- Hebrews 13:20–21
- 3 John 2
—from devozine (January/February 2013). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.