How to Pray for Others
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who shared their heart about a struggle they were going through? Or maybe they shared with you how helpless they felt over a situation that is happening to a family member or close friend? In common conversational fashion, you may have met their stories with complimentary situations of your own in an attempt to ease their pain and suffering with, if nothing else, understanding. Then, at the end of the conversation, you told them that you would pray for them. Did you really mean this promise to pray? Do you know how to pray for others?
Personal situations are complex and often shared with us from the comprehension of the story teller. However, God knows the whole story from the beginning, the present and to the end. Drop in the names of those you are praying for (indicated by the brackets [ ] ) as you imitate Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 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.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.