How to pray when I don’t know how

By: Carole L. Haines 

If you ever struggle with how to pray for people, the Bible is filled with wonderful prayers we can pray over the lives of others. I have, and still do pray the following prayers over people directly from the Word of God. We are promised that God’s Word will never return void without accomplishing what God has sent it forth to do. 

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, 
And do not return there without watering the earth 
And making it bear and sprout, 
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater. 
So, will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. 
It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, 
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11) 

Praying God’s Word over people is a powerful practice which promises fruit. I will give you my two favorites below, but there are wonderful ones from the prophets, like Daniel, Jeremiah and Isaiah. You will also find great ones in the epistles of Peter and Paul. Here are two of my favorites and I pray them over my children often. 

“We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” (Colossians 1:9-10) 

“I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:16-23) 

God’s Word tells us that sometimes we just won’t know how to pray for a certain person or situation (Romans 8:26). Yet it also calls us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When we are struggling to pray God’s will over a situation or person, we can find direction, led by the Holy Spirit, in His Powerful Word. Not only so, but His Word bears fruit and accomplishes His will. Be Blessed in your prayers today, Dear Believers. 

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