Lesson: Praying for Others
5-Day Prayer Challenge
Day Four Challenge
Welcome to Day Four!
Are you ready to spend a little time focusing on prayer?
You can download a Praying Scripture Worksheet here – Praying Scripture Worksheet PDF
Today’s challenge is to write 1 John 4:7-11 and then write a prayer specifically about other people from it.
Yesterday we prayed in a variety of ways. Some were focused on people, some were focused on situations. We used Philippians 2:1-7 as a guide for our prayers.
Today, we are going to focus on praying for other people.
Paul shows us in Ephesians 1:15-23 how to pray for others. He shared that when he prayed he acknowledged the faith of the brethren and their love for all the saints. He says that he makes specific mention of them. Paul asks God to give these Christians a spirit of wisdom and more knowledge of Him (God). He explains all that he knows about these people and that he talks about that knowledge with the Lord through prayer.
So, how specific do you get when you pray for other people?
Not only how specific, but what do you focus on when you pray for others? Do you only pray for those people who are closest to you? Do you only pray for health issues to improve? Or do you have a wider scope for who and what you can pray for?
Consider this: In 1 Timothy 2:4 it says that God desires for all men “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
But people will not do that without first knowing God.
Keeping our sanity during the holiday season can be helped by seeing others as souls who need something – salvation.
To help us keep this in our minds – make a list. If you know anyone who needs to put on Christ (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:4, 16; Col. 2:8-12)) unto salvation, put their name on the list.
Write out 1 John 4:7-11 so God’s word is firmly in your mind before you pray.
Then write a prayer for one or more of those people on your list. Pray those people you know will come to know the love of God too.
Pray their name specifically.
Then let God do the work.
It will be hard for you to get too wound up in the holiday season if you are focusing on seeing people as God sees them – someone who needs Him.
All the hustle and bustle, the loss we may feel, the frustration, the fatigue – all of it will be as nothing when we focus on the big picture.
For today, focus your mind on praying for someone else. And praying for the soul of that someone else.
Tomorrow, you will get to pray about what you need!
To study this further by getting all five days of the challenge plus lots of extras, get the 5-Day Prayer Challenge – Surviving the Holidays with Grace study guide
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