HOW DO WE PRAY FOR OTHERS?

What are things you should consider when you are praying for other? This article will focus on several things we must believe when we are praying for others. To answer this question on ‘How to we pray for others?’ let’s take a look at several bible as examples of what you need to have when praying for others. This article will focus on the following things; wisdom and power, strength and knowledge of God’s love, discernment, spiritual understanding and knowing God’s will, steadfastness, and boldness in sharing the faith. All of these examples are also various type of prays we pray for others.

In the word of God, the bible, in Ephesians 1:18-20…18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,in these verses the hope we have is not a vague feeling that the future will be positive, but is complete assurance of certain victory through God. This complete certainty comes to us through the Holy Spirit who is working in us. The world fears the power of the atom, yet we belong to God of the universe who not only created that atomic power, but also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God’s incomparably great power is available to help you. There is nothing too difficult for God. So when you are praying for others you must believe in the wisdom and power of God.

Regarding the issue of strength and knowledge of God’s love it states in Ephesians 3:16-19… 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God God’s love is total, says Paul, the apostle. It reaches every corner of our experience. Its width covers the breath of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. Its length continues the length of our lives. Its depth reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. Its height rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love. ‘The fullness of God’ is fully expressed only in Christ. In union with Christ and through his empowering Spirit, we are complete. We have all the fullness of God available to us. But we must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for him. Paul’s prayer in the scripture of passage is for you also. You can ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to the fullest. So when you pray for others you can always be assure that God’s love in your prayer will be done, because you are claiming God’s love and fullness of his promises.

On the issue discernment (meaning the ability to judge well in prayer) it states in Philippians 1:9-11And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper insight (meaning moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind grow together. Is your love and insight growing? Paul prayed that the Philippians believers would ‘approve the things are excellent’ in other words, that they would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. The ‘day of Christ’ refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each as though he could return at any moment. The ‘fruits of righteousness’ includes all of the character traits flowing from a right relationship with God. There is no other way for us to gain this fruit of righteousness than through Christ. So as for your prayer of discernment you must show love in your prayer even if the person doesn’t want anything to do with you or your prayer.

When you are praying in the spiritual understanding and knowing God’s will it states in Colossians 1:9… For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;… Sometimes we wonder how to pray for missionaries and other leaders we have never met. Paul never met the Colossians, but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers teach us how to pray for others, whether you know them or not. We can request that they (1) understand God’s will, (2) gain wisdom and spiritual understanding, (3) please and honor God, (4) bear good fruit, (5) increase in knowledge of God, (6) be filled with God’s strength, (7) have great patience, (8) stay full of Christ’s joy, and (9) give thanks always. All believers have these basic needs as well as non-believers. So when you are praying for someone whether you know then are not you and use Paul’s prayer in Colossians as a blueprint for your prayer.

Regarding steadfastness it states in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 …now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of ChristYou have to be patience even when you pray for others. You must never stop prayer for others no matter how long it will take God to answer your prayer for them. There is an n old saying “The Lord may come when You need him, but he is always on time.” What this means that some people in which you pray for are not ready for to blessed them or answer your prayers for them. You need to have patience and know that when you pray for others through your faith that God will answer their prayer. I have submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.

What do you think? Your comments are always welcome.

Written by Kofi Baruti

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