How to Pray for Believers
I have three specific prayers from the Apostle Paul that I use as I pray for fellow believers. You may sometimes hear a person pray, Lord bless so and so. And the truth is that God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ! What we really need is to become aware of what has already been provided for us in Christ!
Here’s the first prayer in Ephesians: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1: 17-23).
This is a prayer that the Father will open our spiritual eyes to truth, and that we will see who we are and what we have in Christ.
Here’s the second prayer Paul prayed for believers: For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19).
This is a prayer for the love of God to be stirred up in a believer’s life. This produces spiritual strength! There is no real spiritual growth without growth in love. Here’s the third prayer Paul prayed for believers: For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Colossians 1:9-12).
This is a prayer for the believer to filled with the wisdom of God through the Word. Walking worthy of the Lord from the Greek literally means that a person’s life carries the same weight as Jesus’ life. That is, they have the same impact on others as Jesus has on us! That’s powerful!
Let me encourage you to start praying these prayers for your fellow believer and for yourself! As you pray them in faith, you’ll see results!