Strength, love, peace, and the heart of God. We find these in Scripture. What better way to pray for the people we care about than to use God’s Word in our prayers? The Bible is filled with encouragement, guidance, comfort, and hope. It shows us who God is and makes us more like His Son. It’s the answer to society’s problems, and it holds the power of God to transform lives. So how do we tap into its power when we ask God to help our family and friends?
Finding one of our favorite passages of the Bible and reading it before we start to pray is an excellent starting point. Thinking about why we love those verses and how they affect our lives. As we read, we can underline every truth we see, every instruction and warning, too.
Then using these tips to pray the passage for other people:
Ask God to make the truths in this passage a reality in their lives.
For example, the truth in Philippians 4:19 is that God supplies what we need. The verse says,
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (NKJV).
We can use this verse to pray like this: Dear God, please provide for my family and friends. Give them exactly what they need for each situation, and give them the right amount of grace and strength to handle every challenge.
Ask God to help them to live out the instructions in Scripture, and to depend on Him to be able to do it.
The instruction in Psalm 62:8 is this:
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (NKJV).
We can pray: Father, help my loved ones to trust You at all times and to pour out their hearts before You. Give them Your peace that You hear them and will help them. Help them to see You as their refuge, strong and comforting.
Ask God to help them to be aware of the specific danger that Scripture gives a warning about.
In 2 Timothy 2:22, the warning is to flee something, and we even have an instruction to pursue something else. The verse says,
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (NKJV).
So I would pray: Father, help my friends to run away from youthful lusts or wrong desires. Help them to run toward You with other believers, and to pursue what’s right and full of faith, love, and peace.
What is your favorite verse in the Bible? Tell us in the comments below! Use it to pray for family and friends. Praying Scripture can breathe life into your prayer time and infuse it with the power of God.
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