Ways To Pray For People
By Gary P. Bergel, President of Intercessors for America
The life of every citizen is impacted by an estimated 500,000 or more individuals who wield significant influence each day. Consider the vast multitude of elected officials, appointed judges, lawyers, police officers, bureaucrats, officials, military officers, media elite, news anchors, publishers and editors, talk show hosts, business executives and managers, theologians, ministers, rabbis, chaplains, priests, elders, pastors, deacons, lay workers, para-church ministry heads, educators, professors, teachers, medical practitioners and hospital administrators, scientists, researchers, inventors and engineers, artists and designers, athletes, actors and entertainment figures. How might we pray for these?
1. That they be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act (Prov. 9:10).
2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Jas. 1:5).
3. That they be presented with the Gospel and loving Christian witness (Rom. 10:14).
4. That they be drawn, if unsaved, to a saving encounter with Christ; if born-again, that they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith (1 Tim. 2:4; Eph. 1:17-23).
5. That they see their own inadequacy, pray and seek the will of God (Prov. 3:5-8; Luke 11:9-13).
6. That they be convicted of sin, transgression and iniquity (Psa. 51:17; John 8:9).
7. That they heed their conscience, confess their sins and repent (Prov. 28:13; Jas. 4:8).
8. That they read the Bible and attend prayer meetings and Bible studies (Psa. 119:11; Col. 3:2).
9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ (Psa. 19:7-11; John 8:31-32).
10. That they respect and honor their own parents if living (Eph. 6:2-3).
11. That they respect authority and practice accountability (Rom. 13:1-7).
12. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors (Prov. 24:6).
13. That they be honest and faithful to spouses and children (Mal. 2:15-16).
14. That they be practicing members of local congregations (Heb. 10:25).
15. That they desire purity and avoid debauchery, pornography, perversion and drunkenness (1 Cor. 6:9-20; Titus 2:12).
16. That they be timely, reliable and dependable (Matt. 21:28-31).
17. That they be honest in financial, tax and ethical matters (1 Cor. 6:10; 1 Tim. 6:6-10).
18. That they seek pastoral care and counsel when needed (Heb. 13:7).
19. That they seek out and nurture godly friendships (Psa. 1:1-3).
20. That they have thankful and teachable spirits (Rom. 1:21).
21. That they be generous and have compassionate hearts for the poor and needy (Psa. 112:9; Luke 10:33-37).
22. That they redeem their time and know their priorities (Eph. 5:15-17).
23. That they desire honesty, integrity and loyalty (Psa. 26; Prov. 11:3).
24. That they have courage to resist manipulation, bribery, pressure and the fear of man (Prov. 29:25; 2 Tim. 1:7).
25. That they be shielded from the occult, New Age religions and secret societies (Isa. 1:29; 2:6).
26. That they be presented with biblical world views and principles (Eph. 3:10).
27. That they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, families, divine order and morality in our nation (Eph. 5:22-6:1).
28. That they would work to reverse the trends of humanism and socialism in our nation (1 Chr. 12:32; Isa. 59:19).
29. That they desire humility and meekness and be willing to serve and cooperate (John 13:14; Titus 3:1-2).
30. That they be prepared to give account to Almighty God (Heb. 9:27).