Who Does God Want Me to Pray For? - Part 1

In a recent study of prayer in the New Testament, I found several areas for which God wants us to pray. If you call yourself a prayer warrior or if you consider yourself a serious person of prayer, then you should pray for all of these different areas. Let’s take a look at some of these.

Pray for the World

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. ” 1 Timothy 2:1

The Greek “for all men” literally means “over all men.” During the Friday nights of prayer at our church, we have several globes around the church reminding us to pray for the entire planet. God has a plan for every person in the planet, all seven billion of them. Our prayers, even for something as large as the globe, must have an impact upon God and how He deals with the planet. Otherwise, why would Scripture ask us to do it? God doesn’t move in the earth unless someone asks Him to do so.

Pray for Your Rulers

“ For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. ” 1 Timothy 2:2

We are to pray for rulers, for people who are in charge who make decisions that affect the lives of many other people, regardless of that leader’s political affiliation. The President’s life and decisions will have an impact upon a minimum of 330 million Americans. Billions of other people around the world will also be affected by the President’s decisions. We pray for senators and governors, for mayors, township officials, and city council people. We pray for folks who run school systems, because their decisions, good or bad, have an impact upon many people.

I fully believe that the worst mistakes of people in leadership can be mitigated through prayer. Everyone serving in authority is a human being, and there’s one thing common to all humans: they mess up. When we pray, God gets involved and helps us get the best possible results.

Pray for Your Enemies

“ Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. ” Luke 6:28

In the natural realm, your first reaction when someone curses you is not to pray blessings over that person! If you pray for your enemies, however, you can wind up having a quiet, peaceful, prosperous, and holy life because God can do something about your enemies.

In Acts 6-9, we read that Saul made havoc of the church, coming against it like a diseased, wild animal, hauling men and women into prison, and having people beaten and killed. While on his way to Damascus to find more believers, Saul experienced one of the quickest conversions to Jesus you’ve ever heard about because the church was praying for its enemies! God turned Saul around, and he became Paul, the man who taught them how to prosper, how to be blessed, and how to live a holy life.

Through prayer, God can take that person who has been your mortal enemy, the person who cannot stand the air you breathe, and turn that person into your best friend! That’s the power of prayer!

Pray for the Sick

“ And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. ” Acts 28:8

Several things are going on in this verse. Paul prayed for the father of Publius, and then Paul laid hands on this person, and he was healed. Just because prayer and healing are mentioned in the same sentence doesn't mean that they happened simultaneously and instantaneously. We don't know how long Paul was involved in praying for this man's healing before the Spirit of God said, "Now, go lay hands on this man."

Many times we move too quickly. We are trying to get someone healed and blessed, but the person is not ready to receive from God. We may have to pray for a period of time before the Spirit of God can move.

Paul had the success, and that's what you want at the end. You want the manifestation of God!

Pray for Yourself

“ But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. ” Jude 1:20

An individual who prays in the Spirit is speaking to God, and he is praying the mysteries, the secrets, or the plans of God for himself (see 1 Corinthians 14:2). He's building up [himself] on [his] most holy faith (Jude 1:20).

God's plans are secrets so the enemy and the people the enemy may use can't intercept them. God may even be keeping His plans from you for a while so that you don't mess them up! God wants you to enjoy life while you're here!  There is a specific purpose, plan, and place that God Almighty has for you, but you will not know it until you birth God's plans in prayer.

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.