The Springs How to pray for others Handout
3 Ways You Can Practically Pray For Others
Our Prayers Make A Difference
“…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results… James 5: 16-18
As Christians, we are each called to be a person of prayer for others. As the Church, prayer for others should be a priority when we gather together as well. Prayer is a big deal to God and it’s a major part of our faith.
What we see in Scripture is that our prayers really do make an impact. God works in the world and in our lives through the prayers of His people–your prayers included. Through prayer, God allows us to partner with Him and step into a place of godly influence in others lives and His purposes. Through prayer, God changes outcomes and shifts circumstances. Through prayer, God speaks encouragement, guidance, and direction to our hearts.
Luke 11: 5-13 , Luke 18: 1-8 , Philippians 1: 19
How to Practically Pray for Others
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2: 1-4
Ask God to start helping you see the Timothy passage in a new way. Here are some “steps of a practical model to follow that can help us live out this exhortation to pray for others.
As you pray for people, think about these three themes and let them shape your prayers.
1. Give thanks for them. For what can you offer thanks to God about that person and/or about His work in their life? What aspects of their personality or character can you acknowledge and celebrate before God? What’s a recent testimony of something God’s done in their life or how he’s been growing their faith lately that you can thank Him for?
2. Ask God to help them. What’s going on in their life where they could use God’s help? Are they facing a health or financial challenge? A relational conflict? Are they stepping into a new season of life or weighing an important decision? Bring that situation before God and ask Him to be at work in those areas of that person’s life.
3. Pray for their relationship with God. If the person is not a Christian, pray that they would come to know Jesus. If the person is a Christian, pray for their spiritual growth. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to them and open their hearts to His message. Ask that His Spirit would convict their hearts of their need for Jesus and work in them to bring them to a place of saving faith in Jesus.
For believers, you can pray that they would get to know God better,
that they would grow in righteous character, and that they
would have strength to endure in faith.
You can pray this way for friends, family members, co-workers/classmates, government leaders, cultural influencers. You don’t even have to know someone personally to pray for them!
Encourage Others With Prayer. It’s great practice, if you’re able, to pray for someone in person, right in the moment when they ask for prayer. There’s something so encouraging about having a brother or sister in faith come alongside you in person and getting to hear that person bring you before God in prayer. There will be plenty of times, though, when you’re praying for others during your personal time with God and the other person is not present.
Try to make it a part of your daily practice that you spend time praying for others–choose a few people you know personally and a few people you don’t. You never know what God can do in someone’s life through your prayers for them.
Pick 2-3 people you can intentionally pray for this week. Write their names down in your Bible, journal or phone and spend a few minutes each day this week praying for them.