Although Jesus modeled for the disciples what to pray for themselves (Matthew 6:8-13), we must look to Paul’s example as to what to pray for others. I’ll admit I also pray these verses for myself. Praying scripture is powerful and still personal.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV)
“God, give Amy a greater understanding of your unconditional love. Although none of us can truly understand that Your love infiltrates every cell in our body and covers every step we take, I ask that you make that especially clear to her. Give her a hunger and thirst for Your righteous presence” (Matthew 5:6).
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21 ESV)
“Jamie is discouraged, Lord. Show her that You are at work, and she can trust You. Please help her to rely on Your power, and Your timing. Help her to know that praying is her portion of the solution for now. Send the Holy Spirit to comfort her, provide her with peace (Philippians 4:6, 7).
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
“Please Lord continue to mold Laura into your image. Jeremiah 29:11 says that You have a purpose for her life. Keep her heart soft, so that she will cooperate with Your plan.”
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, . . . (Philippians 1:9 ESV)
“God, I ask that Tyler’s love for You will grow as he knows You better each day. As he loves you with all of his heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), I pray that you will use him to reflect Your love to others” (Matthew 5:16).
“Protect Chloe from those who try to deceive her. Holy Spirit, speak to her heart so that she will not trust the wolf (Matthew 10:16). Give her spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and discernment as she navigates the halls of high school.”
. . . so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, (Philippians 1:10 ESV)
“Father, Rachel has so many opportunities that making the best choice is challenging. Your plan for her life is tailored for her gifts, so please help her to know Your priorities for her each day. Highlight which activities will bring excellence to her now and in the future” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
“Remove my mask, show me the deceit in my heart so that I may repent of my selfishness, pride and unforgiveness (Psalms 139:23, 24). I want to be a clean vessel that will prove to be useful for Your kingdom.”
. . . filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:10 ESV)
“Jesus, may Your church bear such an out pouring of Your presence, that our community is changed. I ask that we would have such love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control that people will come seeking after You (Galatians 5:22). Lord, we recognize that we do not have any righteousness apart from You” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“God, Steve’s heart’s desire is to give You glory in all that he does (1 Corinthians 10:31). But we know that he falls short between desire and accomplishment. Lord, please bridge that gap, not for his credit but as an example of Your power, mercy, and grace.”
I cringe when I say, “Well, all I can do is pray.” My attitude is that prayer is the action of last resort. If the problem isn’t solved by me taking matters into my own hands, then I will give up and trust God.
- If you are going to pray first and act second, or if you are going to pray scripture over your friends and family, then type AMEN in the comments. I will pray specifically for you.
We would love to have you attend our first annual Women’s Conference on June 24-25, 2016 with special recording artist Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave.
Hope to see you there!
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