prayer-icon In one of His final recorded prayers, Jesus prayed to the Father:

“My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

(John 17:20-21)

Christ prayed for unity those who would believe in Him. In other words, he prayed for “us.” He wants us to be in prayer for others as well.  But, sometimes we just don’t know how to pray for particular people or particular needs.  Perhaps studying some models of prayer will be helpful.

The links of suggested the prayer topics include suggestions of how to pray for your children, for missionaries and missions, for your pastors, and for those Christians who are suffering because they are Christians – the Persecuted Church.

Pray for a specific Individual

Perhaps there is a person you know well, or even someone you only met today.

We know so many who still need God’s salvation.  We know so many who need prayer. Pray earnestly for their souls, that God will deal with them as graciously as he has with us.

We probably do not realize how many prayed for us.

Pray for Circumstances and an Area of Need

It may be a country far away, or a little town nearby.  Are you stuck in traffic on the Beltway? Did you pass by an accident?  Pray for healing and God’s intervention over the circumstances.

Remember those experiencing special circumstances or the multitudes in need;
many of whom don’t have the privilege of hearing the gospel message preached.
Ask God to raise up those to go among them and present Christ as Savior.
Your prayer may set off a chain reaction that will prompt someone to preach…

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”

(Romans 10:14-15)