Prayer is one of the greatest blessings that we have as a child of God. Prayer isn’t something that we should do carelessly. It is a privilege and it should also be a priority. When we pray to God we are affirming our dependence upon him. When we pray we are enlisting, invoking, and inviting the Creator of the universe to assist us. However, prayer isn’t always about us. We should spend time praying to God for others. The Bible gives us several people or groups of people we should pray for.
Pray for our enemies.
Jesus says, ““But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28). Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hurt us. This may be the hardest person to pray for, nevertheless Jesus says it’s important to pray for them.
Pray for the lost.
Who do you know who needs to be saved? Have you prayed for their salvation? Paul wrote, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” Paul spent time in prayer for those who were lost and needed to have their sins forgiven. Pray that their hearts would be softened. Pray that they would see their need for the Savior. Pray that they will receive God’s word and submit to Him.
Pray for government leaders.
Paul wrote, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We spend a lot of time complaining about our leaders but why not spend time praying for them? We are not told to pray for them if they believe what we believe or stand for what we stand for. We are told to pray for them that we may live a peaceful, godly, dignified life.
Pray for our church leaders.
The Hebrew write tells us to “obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Our shepherds have a tremendous responsibility. Their job is to watch out for our souls. They need are prayers! I am confident that they covet our prayers because they know they cannot lead by their own strength. Pray that they would lead our congregation in a way that draws us all closer to God and brings glory to His name.
There are certainly many more we could mention but get started on this list. You can make an impact in someone’s life this week simply by praying for them!