Praying for People You Don’t Know (and those you do)

I try (with moderate success) to pray for everyone I talk to every day — from those on my calendar to the checker at the grocery store. But how do you pray meaningfully for someone you don’t really know?

A couple years ago I started assembling the following list of what I call “seed thoughts for prayer”. They’re based on scripture verses, reworded a little into a prayer format. So try picking one of these as a prayer theme each day and use it as many times throughout the day as possible to lift people up to God in prayer.

I pray…

…that You bless them that they might bless others Gen 12:2
…that the joy of the Lord will be their strength Neh 8:10
…that they would have a hedge of protection against enemy attacks Job 1:10
…that You would declare them innocent from hidden faults and keep them from presumptuous sins Psm 19:12-13
…that they would trust in You rather than the things of this world Psm 20:7
…that they would recognize and confess their sins Psm 32:5
…that You would astound them with wonder Isa 29:14
…that You would restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored Lam 5:21
…that they would have ears to hear Mark 4:23
…that they may abound in hope Rom 15:13
…that they would be enriched in every way to be generous in every way 2 Cor 9:10
…that they would be strengthened with power through His Spirit in their inner being Eph 3:16
…that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith Eph 3:17
…that they have strength to comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of Christ’s love Eph 3:18-19
…that they would be filled with all the fullness of God Eph 3:19
…that they would walk in a manner worthy of their calling Eph 4:1
…that they would walk with all humility and gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love Eph 4:2
…that they would be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace Eph 4:3
…that they would be equipped for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ Eph 4:12
…that they would be renewed in the spirit of their minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness Eph 4:23-24
…that they would let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from them, along with all malice Eph 4:31
…that they would be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might Eph 6:10
…that they would take up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one Eph 6:16
…that words may be given to them in opening their mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel Eph 6:19
…that their love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment Phil 1:9
…that they would approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ Phil 1:10
…that they would be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God Phil 1:11
…that they would be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding Col 1:9
…that they would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him Col 1:10
…that they would bear fruit in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God Col 1:10
…that they would be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might Col 1:11
…that they would have all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father Col 1:11-12
…that they would put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience Col 3:12
…that they would bear with one another, forgiving each other Col 3:12-13
…that they would set an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity 1 Tim 4:12
…that God would make them worthy of their calling 2 Thes 1:11
…that God would fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power 2 Thes 1: 11
…that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in them 2 Thes 1:12
…that they would keep their lives free from the love of money, and be content with what they have Heb 13:5
…that they would draw nearer to God James 4:8
…that they may be in good health 3 John 2

Add your own to the list and share them here as comments…


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