One of the best ways we can pray for those we love is by praying God’s Word for them. Paul wrote these words for people He dearly loved in Ephesus, Philippi, and Thessalonica. They reflect God’s heart for all of us.
Glorious Father, I thank you for (my loved one), and I bless them. I ask You to give (my loved one) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (my loved one) may know You better.
Enlighten the eyes of (my loved one’s) heart, so that they may know
• the hope to which You have called them,
• the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints,
• and Your incomparably great power for them because they believe, the power of the resurrection and the ascension which seated Jesus at Your right hand where He is above all rule and authority, and power and dominion in this world, and all things are under His feet.
• Fill (my loved one) with all the fullness of Jesus in every way today.
I pray that (my loved one’s) love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
that (my loved one) may be able to discern what is best, and
that (my loved one) may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
that (my loved one) will be filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
God, I pray that You will count (my loved one) worthy of Your calling, that by Your power You may fulfill every good purpose in (my loved one’s) life and every act prompted by their faith. I pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in (my loved one), and they in You, according to Your grace.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Taken from Prayer Portions, p. 287-289, © 1991, 1992, 1995 by Sylvia Gunter.
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