by Kaye Johns
“Brothers, pray for us also” (1 Thess. 5:25).
Most of us, if we are at all active in our churches, are occasionally asked to pray for someone. We say we will — and we fully we intend to — but sometimes we forget.
One way to avoid this is to pray right then, whether it’s in person or on the phone. Simply ask, “May I pray about this now?” I can’t think of a single time anyone I’ve asked has said no.
I don’t pray long prayers, just a few quick sentences, such as: “Father, Mary’s heart is hurting for her grandson right now. Please hold her close and give her the peace only You can give. Guide that young man’s steps according to Your will and for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
The response is usually heartwarming because so few people have the opportunity to hear others pray for them. If you feel a bit self-conscious about asking to pray for someone, it may help to learn and incorporate some simple verses, such as Proverbs 3:5-6 and 2 Thessalonians 3:16, in a prayer that takes less than a minute and fits almost any situation. Conclude your prayer by asking for God’s will and glory to be accomplished.
There is no way to measure the impact of such a blessing on your friends.
For more on praying for others, call 1-800-949-PRAY or email prayerpower@ learntopray.org.
Quick Prayers to Offer in the Moment
- Father, I thank You that You are our Healer. My friend needs Your healing touch. Grant the doctors Your wisdom, and give her Your peace and courage. Heal her according to what’s best for her and what will bring You the greatest glory.
- Lord, protect my friend as she travels. Go before her and be her rear guard, cover her with Your hand. Keep her in Your will, for Your kingdom purpose and glory.
- God, You comfort us in our troubles, and my friend needs Your comfort in these hard times. Help her to sense Your presence and experience Your love. Work in this situation according to Your will and for Your kingdom and glory.
Kaye Johns and her husband, Jim, have served full time with PrayerPower Ministries since 1994. Their ministry website prayerpowerministries.com offers practical prayer materials, many as free downloads.
This article originally appeared in the August, 2013 issue of Mature Living Subscribe