Some people recite memorized prayers.
Others pray before meals.
Many pray for everyday things – health, recovery, safety, financial provision.
Probably 90% of most prayers I hear people say are from the above-mentioned broad categories, and there is nothing wrong about them. I would like to think, however, that we are missing a lot in our prayer lives if we were to be confined to these things.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18
God, in his word, has commanded us to keep on praying for His people. In what ways still could we pray for them?
1. Pray for their growth, that they may know Christ more, and, consequently, that they will make Christ known to others.
2. Pray for their (and yours too) complete submission to God’s will for their lives – including their hopes, dreams, and passions.
3. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s work to bear fruit in their lives, for them to abound in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. gentleness, faithfulness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23)
4. Pray that believers will not be consumed by materialism, superficiality, apathy, and anything else that will make them next to useless in kingdom-building
5. Pray for those who are persecuted, that they may endure and give glory to God.