The 5 Essentials of Praying for other People

Ian McClellan   -  

We live in a desperate world. So, what is the Churches greatest ministry to offer a world in crisis???


In prayer we have direct access to the father.

In prayer God leads and guides the hearts of man.

In prayer we find comfort when tomorrow is uncertain.

Why is it then, that many Christians do not reach for this great gift when it come to ministering to others?

I have found that more often than not, when I ask someone if I can pray for them, the answer is YES! Even if they aren’t a Christian or even religious.

At that very moment, I’ll stop what I’m doing and pray for them. I don’t put it off to my personal pray time. I strike when the iron is hot.


Praying, out loud, in front of others, can be intimidating. What do you say? What if you say something wrong? What if….

Yes, there are many variables that might scare you away from praying with others, but before you call it quits, let me offer you 5 essentials tip for praying for other people.

  1. Address God first. Through out scripture we see 100’s of names that God is addressed by. As you begin your prayer, speak directly to God with a bold and humble heart.
  2. Addressing God in the context of the prayer need. Name a context in which God has been active with the need someone is requesting prayer for. This helps them to know that God can and will work on their behalf. For example, if someone is sick we might address God as “the great physician”.
  3. Pray with Expectation.  Offer the prayer request itself. Be bold and ask what you really want God to do?
  4. Pray for the imagined outcome. What are you expecting God to do? Pray describing the resolution to the prayers being given.
  5. Pray in Jesus Name. The scripture tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the father except through Him. This is how we have direct access to God, so thank him for it!!

Now practice. Practice with family or friends, so that, when the opportunity arises you can feel confident to pray with someone in need.

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