Seven Ways to Pray for Your Friends
1) Pray that your friend’s faith will not fail.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” // Luke 22:31, 32
Principle: If their faith doesn’t fail, then they won’t fail.
2) Pray that your friend would be blessed by God.
‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: “‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ . . . “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” // Numbers 6:23-27 (THE AARONIC BLESSING)
Principle: Speaking life and blessing over people is like a light switch that triggers the blessings of God.
3) Pray that your friend may be filled with all the fullness of God.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” // Ephesians 3:16-19
Principle: Many people don’t’ experience the best of what God has for them.
4) Pray that your friend would be filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Be filled with the Spirit.” // Ephesians 5:18
Principle: The Holy Spirit is a powerful infilling that everyone of us has the privilege of experiencing.
5) Pray that your friend will act and speak with wisdom.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” // Colossians 4:5,6
Principle: Every individual makes decisions in life. Godly wisdom is something we need.
6) Pray that your friend will be more than a conqueror.
“in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” // Romans 8:37
Principle: We all face difficult challenges in life. But we can be overcome anything the enemy throws against us.
7) Pray that your friend would follow God’s will for their life.
“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” // Colossians 4:12
Principle: God has a plan for each one of us. If we follow His plan, we will be where we need to be.