Praying for Others

June 16, 2013

Sunday

Praying for those in authority

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witness entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

                                                2 Tim 2:2

I will pray for our leaders’ ______________ times. I will pray for ________________________,

 

__________________________and ________________________________ .

 

June 17, 2013

Monday

Praying for those held captive for the gospel

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. “

                                                Acts 12:5

I will pray for prisoners in chains for the gospel ___________ times.  I will pray for those in prison apart from Christ to come to know his saving power. I will pray for the prisoners _________________ and

____________________ and _____________________

 

June 18, 2013

Tuesday

 Praying for those who have hurt me

“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Luke 6:28

I will pray for ___________________________ . I pray for ___________________ and

________________________ and _________________________ in their life. I will pray God’s perfect will for us all.

 

June 19, 2013

Wednesday

Praying for the hurting

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.”

                                James 5:13

I will pray for ________________________. They are struggling with __________________. I know that all things are possible in Christ and I pray His will mercy and grace. May healing occur for His glory.

 

June 20, 2013 Thursday

 

Praying for lost loved ones

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”

                                                2 Peter 3:9

I will pray for __________________________: Lord I know you wish none to perish. May the Holy Spirit

touch _____________________________ and bring the hope of salvation to them.

 

June 21, 2013

Friday

Standing in the gap

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”

                                                Ezekiel 22:30

I will pray that God will find me _____________________, __________________________, and

__________________________ ready to stand in the gap.

 

Praying for Others

As Christians we hear all the time how we should pray for other people. I remember that being the central point of the first message I ever heard. Since that time, I have heard countless messages and preached some myself on the same topic.  In normal situations rarely does a day pass without finding ourselves in a conversation where someone commits to praying for the other person. This week however, I have asked you to be intentional about praying for specific people in specific situations.  Reread the verses from this past week. Reread your response to the questions. If you were to spend just a few minutes every day focusing on this part of your prayer life would that be a good use of your time? Think about it clearly. Praying for others is a privilege and a responsibility. We would be praying for lost loved ones, those in authority, those who are hurting or those what have hurt.  We would be praying for those in chains for the gospel or simply for those in chains or trapped in bondage of sin.  I believe if we were to take on these tasks we would discover we are fulfilling the final verse as well.  We will discover we are truly “standing in the gap” for our Lord.  We are seeing the world in a different light. We are seeing opportunities more than problems.  We are trusting our Lord with our own pain and hurt as well as the pain and hurts of others.  Standing in the gap, crying out in faith, trusting the Lord more than a ballot. At the time of Ezekiel nowhere could there be found one to take up the challenge. No one could be bothered to get outside of his own concerns and stand for God. In Ezekiel’s time, an evil world was seemed to be winning and God seemed forgotten. I am grateful that no matter how it may seem at a given moment. God is always in control and has never forgotten His children. I am grateful as well, that He desires for us to meet with Him through prayer and I take seriously the challenge of praying for others.

Join me for a few weeks, standing in the gap and praying for the needs of those He places in our path and on our own hearts.  At the end of that season I am confident that we will have much to celebrate and find that we are even more eager to continue on the path of prayer.