We will probably have only mediocre results from mediocre and haphazard prayers.
“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – James, the brother of Jesus
Paul was relentless in praying for his fellow Christians, some he personally knew and some he had only heard about. This is useful as we pray even for those far-off that we have only heard about. Here is how Paul describes his prayers on behalf of his fellow saints.
- Unceasingly I give thanks for you
- I thank God for you all because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
- I always offer prayer with joy for you all.
- I have you in my heart; I long for you with all the affection of Christ Jesus.
Here are some of Paul’s specific prayers for his fellow Christians. Praying the same way can make our prayers for our fellow Christians more effective:
- That we may be encouraged by each other’s faith.
- That your faith grows even greater.
- That your love for one another grows even greater.
- Praise for your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- That the fellowship of your faith may become effective.
- That the hearts of the saints be refreshed through you.
- To increase in the knowledge of God and have discernment.
- To be filled with the knowledge of His will in spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- That God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.
- That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.
- To learn steadfastness and patience.
- That you will know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance.
- To know the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
- To be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might.
- That you are partakers of grace with me.
- That you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless.
- That you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please him in all respects, that God will count you worthy of your calling.
- To bear fruit in every good work.
- To be filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ.
- To have the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.
- That God fulfills every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power.
- Knowing He chose you.
- You received the word with the joy of the Holy Spirit–retain that joy.
- To joyously give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints. He rescued you from the domain of darkness, he transferred you to the kingdom fo the son, in whom you have the forgiveness of sins.
- Become imitators of the Lord
- Maintain your example to all believers
- For your participation in the gospel
- That the world of the Lord sound forth from you, not only (where you live) but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth.
- That the word of the Lord will spread rapidly (throughout the world) and be glorified, just as it did with you.
- That the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in him.
- We have confidence in the lord that you are doing and will continue to do what the Bible commands.
- that you will be rescued from perverse and evil men.
- To remember, the lord id faithful, he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
- To confess your sins to one another
- To pray for one another so that you may be healed
- That you pray without ceasing (or giving up)
- That you pray for others to ahve a good conscience, desiring to conduct themselves honorably in all things.
- We speak proudly of you among the churches for your perseverence and faith in the midst of all the persecutions and afflictions you endure, that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
- I am confident that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
I will be relentless in praying for others. This is my schedule to give to concertred prayer:
The only way I am going to get good at this is to do it every day!