Not sure what to pray? Feel like your prayers lack depth as well as direction? Want to pray according to God’s will? As a pastor of a Church, a father of four (and father-n-law to two), a married man who wants a good marriage, a friend, member of an extended earthly family, like most of you, I have a lot of people to pray for. Sometimes I need direction for my prayers and there is a great place to find it. Here are some prayers in Scripture to pray for those you love.
Great prayers for those you love:
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe: Ephesians 1:17-19, NIV)
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:16-21, NLT).
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12, NIV).
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God” (Philippians 1:9-11, NLT)
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:5-6).
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV).
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude 24-25, NIV).
Jesus’ prayer for His own:
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one….Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me (Jesus) through their message, that all of them may be one…. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me (Jesus) where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:15,17,20,21,24, NIV)
Burdened prayer for those who do not know Christ:
“Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel (put the names of those you are burdened for in here) to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God” (Romas 10:1-4, NLT)
Pray the five concerns from Proverbs 3:5-12
1. Trust in the LORD with all your heart lean not on your own understanding;
2. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
3. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and shun evil.
4. Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
5. Do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in”