The dynamic of prayer in the fellowship of the Saints is a dying art and practice. Here are some guidelines for the art of what is known as intercession.
There are many examples of intercessory prayer in the Bible. Paul is a good source, he communicated what he prayed to the the people for whom he prayed. One of the best and most detailed prayer comes from Colossians 1:9-14:
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NASB)
So here are the items in Paul’s prayer that you can use to pray for others.
- Pray that people be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.
- Pray that people have spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- Pray that people walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
- Pray that people please God in every respect.
- Pray that people would bear fruit in every good work.
- Pray that people would increase in the knowledge of God.
- Pray that people would be strengthened with all power so that they would be steadfast and patient.
- Pray that people would be filled with joy and would not forget to give thanks to the Father.
- Thank God that he qualified them to be a saint in the Light.
- Thank God for rescuing them from the domain of Darkness and that they are in the Kingdom of His beloved Son.
- Thank God that their sins are forgiven and that they are redeemed.
- Thank God that they are in fellowship with you.
Notice that I didn’t do anything special. I just hijacked Paul’s prayer and personalized it. Paul was praying for actual people in Colossae, pray for the people who sit next to you in church. The following week, share with the person that you prayed for them. Depending on your personal knowledge of the person you are praying for you can be more specific. Depending on your level of study and understanding of the passage you can add detail to your requests.
Some other passages that are intercessory in nature: Philippians 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:15-21; Ephesians 3:14-21. List some others in the comments.