Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is the way we communicate with God and should not be taken lightly. With that in mind, we should also not worry about using technical words or trying to impress God. He knows our thoughts, He knows our heart, so you aren’t going to surprise Him with anything you say. Be honest with Him. He already knows. For those who may want help on how to pray for others, below is some verses on how to pray for other Christians.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. -Colossians 1:3-14
From this passage, we have learned a better idea of how to pray for other Christians.
- Be thankful for their faith and changed lives
- Ask God to help them know His will
- Ask God to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding
- Ask God to help them live to honor and please Him
- Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself
- Ask God to give them strength for endurance and patience
- Ask God to fill them with joy and thankfulness