How to Pray for Others
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Philippians 1:9-11 NLT
One of the best ways to have healthy relationships is to pray for your friends—and those who are not yet friends. People can resist our kindness and refuse our attempts at friendship, but they are powerless against our prayers. Our prayers can and will work to restore broken relationships and unite people together.
But how do we pray? Paul gives us a good outline in our passage today. It was his prayer for the believers in Philippi.
First, pray for an overflow of love. Ask God to give them a loving heart.
Second, pray for them to have “knowledge and understanding.” This is important. Ask God to give them true understanding and that the enemy not be allowed to blind them with lies and deception. May they see the truth.
Third, pray that they would live “pure and blameless lives.” This is asking for the Holy Spirit to help them live in purity before God and man. Ask that there would be no question about their character.
As we begin to pray this over people in our world, we will be amazed at the quality of relationships we will be blessed with. I believe the Holy Spirit will begin to work in us and through us to have meaningful, authentic relationships.
Holy Spirit, teach me how to pray for the people in my life. Help me see Your kingdom come in their lives.
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