Who Does God Want Me to Pray For? - Part 2

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. We looked at five of these areas in Part 1; let's look at five more areas of prayer.

Pray for the Nations

“Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. ” Romans 10:1

You are called to pray for the world in general, but in this verse you see that Paul prayed for a specific set of people. You need to pray for individual nations. You need to pray for Israel. You need to pray for the United States. Why? The United States is still the most powerful, most influential nation in the world. Ninety percent of the money raised for the gospel in the world comes from the United States. Almost 90% of all missionaries sent throughout the world to preach the Gospel come from the United States.

Pray for a Specific Answer

“And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen. ” Acts 1:24

The disciples were praying for a specific answer to a specific situation. When you pray for answers, God will give you answers! One person can make a difference, and if you decide you are going to be that one person, the only thing in your way is you.

You are a child of God, an heir of God, and a joint heir with Jesus! This means that what Jesus gets, you get. If God will move for Jesus, God the Father will move for you. When you pray effectively, when you know the art of prayer and get involved in prayer, you are one powerful prayer entity. There's value in praying together, but it all comes down to effectual, fervent praying, not the number of people praying.

Pray Over People

“ And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. ” Acts 13:3

Paul and Barnabas were going to receive their calling to be apostles, special sent ones to go, start churches, and seed the whole region with the Word of God. Notice that the church prayed over them so that their mission would not be affected by the enemy, then lay hands on them to impart the anointing.

 Too many churches have lost sight of the holiness of being called and sent out. A license to preach or an ordination does not mean that a person is anointed. There needs to be acknowledgment among the leadership that an individual is called, but in order for that to happen, the person needs to have been ministering in the church and letting people get to know him.

The Bible clearly says that God operates through a system, and He operates with authority. He's the one who calls and gives favor, decides the time, and speaks to hearts and opens doors. There is a line of authority, and an individual who cannot operate in authority is a person whose ministry will go nowhere.

Pray for the Church

“ We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. ” Colossians 1:3

The church is not a building, and it is not an organization. The church is a living, breathing organism. Everyone who has received the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior is a member of the church.

The church needs prayer because it is God's instrument in the earth to carry out God's will. The only way men can be saved is by hearing the gospel preached, and that has to be done by the church. Satan knows that, so the he attacks the church in any way that he can see to do it. The church needs the intervention of God.

Ephesians 1 contains a prayer Paul made for the church at Ephesus and is a fine example of how to pray for the church: pray for revelation; for enlightenment about your inheritance; for insight about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and all that means for you; and for understanding to operate in the wisdom, knowledge, flow, and power of that truth.

The church that operates in the full knowledge and understanding and wisdom of the Holy Spirit is a church that will not be defeated, although it will always be engaged in battle.

Pray for the Ministers

“ Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. ”2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

The word "us" refers to Paul and his ministry team, those called and separated by God for that purpose. Thus, Paul is saying, "Pray for the ministers." Satan is always attacking the ministers, because he understands that if he can decapitate the head or the leadership, he can kill the body.

Two systems are operating here: the kingdom of God and the world's system. In order for the minister to fully deliver the Word with revelation, wisdom, and anointing, it is not just the responsibility of the minister but also the prayer, faith, and expectation of the listeners. If they come with no expectation, no faith, and no prayer, then there will not be the full import that God desired the people to receive.

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.