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Praying for people

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The bible shows us that it is right to be praying for lots of people. There are a few themes and reasons and types of people we should be praying for. Praying for people’s needs. Praying for people’s salvation.

Jesus taught his followers to pray (Matthew 6:5-13) and to pray for people.

John 17:20    “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 

NLT bible

Pray for followers of Jesus

In different locations in the New Testament we read this message that people need to be praying for more workers – people who will take the message of Jesus to others.

37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Matthew 9:37-38 – NLT bible

In other parts of the New Testament we see many references to topics that the apostles were praying for for the believers. So be praying for missionaries and especially for the harvest of souls.

Praying for spiritually lost people

Jesus was regularly teaching people that there were many lost people who are spiritually blind. He said also that people can’t come to salvation unless the Spirit draws them to Himself. That this would happen would be one key thing that we should be praying for spiritually lost people. Be praying for the harvest of souls.

Strategic prayer for lost people

Using the following sentences, put the name of the spiritually lost person who is living far from God.

  • Lord I pray that you would draw _______ to yourself (John 6:44)
  • I pray that _______ would hear and believe the word of God for what it really is (1 Thess. 2:13)
  • I ask you to prevent the god of this world from blinding _______ to the truth (2 Cor. 4:4; 2 Tim. 2:25-26)
  • Holy Spirit, I ask you to convict _______ of sin and need for redemption in Christ (John 16:7-14)
  • Lord, I ask that you give the opportunity, the courage, and the right words to share with _______ (Col. 4:3-6)
  • I pray that _______ would turn from sin and follow Christ (Acts 17:30-31, 1 Thess. 1:9-10)
  • I pray that _______ would put all of his/her trust in Christ (John 1:12, 5:24)
  • I pray that _______ would confess Christ as Lord, take root and grow in faith, and bear fruit for Your glory (Rom. 10:9-10, Col. 2:6-7, Luke 8:15)
  • Lord I ask that you would send others to _______ to share the gospel (Mat. 9:37-38)

Pray for people. Remember to be praying for missionaries, one another, you and you family too.