How to pray for other people

Paul prayed for 3 things to be given to those he loved. So when you’re not sure how to pray for other people, what better example than this one where he asks God to give Timothy:

(1) Grace: Peter says, ‘But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.’ (1 Peter 5:10 NKJV). This word grace implies ‘all of God you’ll ever need to handle whatever you’re facing.’ That’s worth praying for, isn’t it?

2) Mercy: a large publishing company has a database that automatically mails its readers a reminder letter to say that their magazine subscriptions have expired. One day it malfunctioned and one guy received 9,734 letters! He mailed in his renewal cheque with a note saying, ‘Send me the magazine. I give up!’ That’s how it is with God; He doesn’t malfunction but He will keep on contacting us when we forget about Him! The Bible says, ‘…His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness’ (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV).

3) Peace: ‘All who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid’ (Proverbs 1:33 TLB). What a gift to know that God’s peace can sustain you through the worst situations. And the kind of peace He gives is different from what the world offers (see John 14:27). At best, it offers us temporary relief but ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds’ (Philippians 4:7 NIV). So the next time you’re praying for someone, ask God to saturate them in His grace, mercy, and peace.

‘Grace, mercy, and peace from…Jesus Christ.’ 1 Timothy 1:2 NKJV

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