Have you ever been unsure about how to pray for others?  Perhaps someone’s name comes to mind and you feel compelled to pray, but you are uncertain what to pray.  Or maybe someone has asked you to pray and you know you should even pray at that moment, but no words come to mind.  Your mind is a theological and biblical vacuum for the kind of prayer that would be helpful.

PrayerIn His grace, God not only commands us to pray, but He also gives much instruction about what to pray for one another.  For instance, Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6 gives us the framework for how to pray.  And the apostle Paul provides many kinds of examples of prayers and instruction for praying that fill out the details to place on Jesus’ framework.

One thing I have recently started doing is using some of these prayers from Paul’s epistles as “idea starters” for my own prayers for others.  You might even keep this list of prayers in your Bible or prayer journal for times when you are devoid of words.

  • Romans 1:8-12
  • Romans 10:1
  • Romans 15:5-6
  • Romans 15:13
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  • 1 Corinthians 16:23
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
  • Galatians 6:18
  • Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Ephesians 6:19-20
  • Philippians 1:3-6
  • Philippians 1:9-11
  • Philippians 4:23
  • Colossians 1:9-14
  • Colossians 4:2-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:28
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:2-5
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:16
  • 1 Timothy 1:12
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • 2 Timothy 1:3-7
  • 2 Timothy 1:16-18
  • 2 Timothy 4:22
  • Titus 3:15
  • Philemon 4-7
  • Philemon 25