As followers of Christ, we are called to pray for those around us. This week, Mercy staff, Katie, kicks off a series on prayer. Join us as we focus on others and pray for our friends!
As believers, we are called to pray for others: our friends, spouses, neighbors, the unsaved, leaders, and the list goes on. So often we get caught up in our needs that when we go to God in prayer, we don’t always pray specifically for others. I want to challenge you over the next few weeks with specific prayers to pray over others.
I’ve found that my friendships have grown so much closer when we lift each other up in prayer, so let’s start there. Sometimes I specifically ask my friends what I can pray for, and other times I pray over areas that I feel the Spirit leading me to pray for. If you’re new to this or not sure where to start, don’t worry! Here are four different prayers you can specifically pray for your friends (or anyone else you feel led to pray for):
- Ephesians 3:16-1, “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Pray that your friends will be strengthened with power through His spirit in their inner being and that they will be rooted and grounded in His love.
- Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Pray that the Lord would make your friends firm in their foundation, confident in whom their faith lies, and that they will flourish in His glory.
- Psalm 138:7-8, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand, you save me. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.” For your friends walking in the midst of trouble or pain, pray that they will feel God’s presence and know that the Lord’s love is unending. Pray that your friends feel God’s overwhelming presence and are reminded of their purpose.
- Romans 15:5-6, “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.” Pray that God gives your friends peace and harmony with others and to ultimately live in accordance with Christ Jesus to glorify the Father.
James 5:16 reminds us that the Lord hears our prayers, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Praying for those around us is a simple, yet powerful way to demonstrate your love for those around you, and the Lord delights in that truth.