For whom/what should believers pray?
Jeremiah Jameson – with Mondo Frazier
"Pray without ceasing." - 1Thessalonians 5:17
Believers are to pray without ceasing (always be praying). But for whom are they to pray? One’s self and one’s loved ones are prayers which come easily to most.
But who to pray for next?
Here’s a list of 10 prayers believers are to pray. Most are for people, others are for specific things written in God’s Word.
1- Pray for all men.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men”
2- Pray for the lost. This is one prayer men may be sure of praying with the will of God.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
3- Pray for rulers and ALL in authority.
“For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
4- Pray for all the saints.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
5- Pray for those who despitefully use you.
“Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”
6- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. By praying so, one prays for the return of Jesus Christ.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
7- Pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Again, by praying so, one prays for the return of Jesus Christ.
“After this manner therefore pray ye…Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
8- Pray for other believers.
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
9- Pray that the Word of God and the gospel be delivered effectively.
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you”
10- Pray that believers may be delivered from evil and unreasonable men.
“And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”
Most importantly: pray without ceasing.
Pray for wisdom.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Pray for boldness.
“...grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.”
“Pray without ceasing.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”