2/10: How to Pray for Your Friends

 

I’ll confess: lots of times, my prayers are focused on myself. After all, aren’t “quiet times” supposed to be for the purpose of getting alone with God to talk stuff over? Usually, that “stuff” concerns me and mine. When I do pray for others, it’s because they have asked me to do so, or some problem they are having has come across my mind.

However, when I read Psalm 20, I started thinking differently about praying for my friends. Instead of waiting for them to have a problem or to report some miracle fit for rejoicing, why not start praying for them just because? Not only that, how about praying blessing on their lives, not because they particularly need it or asked for it, but just because I love them as my friends?

So instead of the word “you” in the Psalm, substitute your friend’s name and pray Psalm 20:1-5 like this:

  • May the Lord answer Sandi in the day of trouble;
  • May the name of the God of Jacob defend Sandi;
  • May He send Sandi help from the sanctuary;
  • And strengthen Sandi out of Zion;
  • May He remember all Sandi’s offerings, and accept Sandi’s sacrifices. Selah
  • May He grant Sandi According to Sandi’s heart’s desire,
  • And fulfill all Sandi’s purpose.
  • We will rejoice in your salvation,
  • and in the name of the Lord our God we will set up our banners!
  • May the Lord fulfill all Sandi’s petitions.

It never hurts to pray the word of God, and I have a sneaky suspicion that praying God’s word like this to bless your friends will bring about some pretty exciting results!

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on February 10, 2013.

2 Responses to “2/10: How to Pray for Your Friends”

  1. Wow Sharon…The Spirit of God is truly moving in a miraculous way… I just read…”the way to revolutionize the way you pray and the way you read the Bible, is to let reading the Bible become a form of praying, and praying become a form of reading…the paradigm shift happens when you realize that the Bible wasn’t meant to be read through; the Bible was meant to be prayed through…if you pray through it, you’ll never run out of things to talk about….(paraphrased from Mark Batterson’s, The Circle Maker)….Thank you for your prayers, my friend!!!!

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