My personal goal is to lift up my leaders in prayer every single day. I wish I could say with complete integrity that I hit this goal 100% of the time. I do, however, hit this goal almost 9 out of 10 times. It feels great to know that I’ve gone before God’s throne and stood in the gap on behalf of others. I lift up specific prayer requests that I’ve received from leaders, but I will also pray scripture passages over them that I believe God wants to manifest in their lives. It’s beneficial to use scripture to pray, because we know the Word of God is God’s will revealed to us. So I can always pray with boldness knowing that God wants to perform His will.
There are a lot of different passages that I have used to pray for leaders over the years. Here are 3 common passages that I find the Holy Spirit bringing me back to:
1. Ephesians 1:15-17
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 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…”
This was one of Paul’s prayers for the church of Ephesus. I want to focus in on the word at the end of verse 17, “knowledge.” In our western mindset, when we hear the word “knowledge” we tend to associate it with “information.” In the Greek language though, the word for “knowledge” here is more relational. It’s the type of knowledge that a wife has about her husband, or vice versa. You could exchange the word “knowledge” for the word “relationship.”
So I pray the following way, “Jesus, I ask you to give John a spirit of wisdom and revelation in his relationship with You.” What am I believing for when I pray that way? I’m believing for God to awaken that person in their daily devotion to their Lord and that the Word of God would speak to them in a new and relevant way. I’m declaring that their prayer life will be renewed with passion, God’s presence and a fresh revelation of Jesus.
I have a conviction that God desires every believer to have a vibrant faith that creates a genuine overflow of God’s love and Spirit into other peoples’ lives.
2. Colossians 1:9
“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…”
This is another of Paul’s prayers, this time for the church of Colosse. Usually I quote this verse and pray something like, “Lord, fill him with the knowledge of your will today. Let him be confident of what you have for for him as he make decisions and choices in his life.”
So much of our life is determined by our choices. I pray that my leaders are growing and being obedient in their personal journey with the Lord on a daily basis through their decisions.
3. Deuteronomy 28:8
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Lastly, I pray for God’s blessing to be flowing in their lives. I may pray the following way, “Lord, bless that which she puts her hand to. Bless her marriage and family. Bless her at her job today. Provide for all of her needs spiritually, emotionally and practically speaking.”
I believe we serve a Heavenly Father who desires to bless His children. Don’t we have enough people speaking negativity into us already? I want to be a person that is speaking life over my leaders and people. That’s why I get excited to pray for God to bless His people. I really feel like I am adding value to another person’s life versus the other alternatives.
How are you praying for your loved ones, friends, members of your small group, leaders, etc? How does God lead you to pray? What scriptures feed your faith as you intercede for others?
FYI If you ever have a prayer request(s) that you would like someone to come into agreement on for you, feel free to post it as a new topic in this “Prayer & Intercession Forum.” We will definitely lift you up in prayer!
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