In our first two posts on this series, we discussed how not pray under grace and then how we pray in grace under the new covenant. Afterwards, we got into the specifics on how a new testament believer should pray for different kinds of people and circumstances according to the Bible.
In the last post, we discussed how the believer can pray for the unsaved in line with the new testament.
Riding on an earlier permission I had obtained from the author to post his articles on this platform, we shall be discussing how a believer is to pray for other believers.
You are blessed as you read and study along.
Let us Pray (New Testament prayer points)
Scriptures teaches us to pray for fellow believers.
Ephesians 6:18 KJV “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
It is our ministry and proof of our growth in Christ to be available and useful for others.
Ephesians 4:12,16 KJV For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: … From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Prayer achieves this ministry.
What do I pray for as touching fellow saints?
Once again I mustn’t let my emotions dictate how to pray, rather I will be led by the Spirit. I will pray the New Testament prayer points. They are spirit inspired hence if I use them I am led by the Spirit.
The believers’ number one need at all situations is (are) insight and wisdom.
1 Peter 2:2 KJV “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
2 Peter 3:18 KJV “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
The growth is in knowledge, the knowledge of our salvation, of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
So my primary aim is to ask for insights for my fellow-believers.
Not more power, as all believers have power at work towards and in us.
Ephesians 1:19 KJV “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
Ephesians 3:20 KJV “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Not more spirit as we have THE SPIRIT of God and are one spirit with him.
Romans 8:9,15-16 KJV “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his… For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
That said, the believer must constantly grow in full comprehension of these facts.
Let’s see these prayer points as laid down by the Spirit.
Ephesians 1:16-23 KJV “Cease not 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 unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
He knows His inheritance, the riches of His glory, the exceeding greatness of power available to him, what and where Christ is today and our same is given / bestowed to His body of which the believer belongs to. We pray for this Insight for fellow believers.
Ephesians 3:16-20 KJV “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
We ask for strengthening by His Spirit within, a comprehension of the Love of Christ and thus cause us to be filled with the fullness of God.
Philippians 1:9-11 KJV “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
True, that our love increases in influence via knowledge and discernment, this will affect our judgment of matters and cause of to be sincere and exhibit more fruits in our lifestyles.
Colossians 1:9-11 KJV “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it , do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”
We ask that we be full of knowledge to appreciate and walk in His plan and purpose, hence we please Him and produce fruit and are thus strengthened.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 KJV “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
That we be worthy of our calling by fulfilling His will and the effect of our faith (knowledge) with power. Jesus Christ is glorified in us!
Philemon 1:4,6 KJV “I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers … That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Our fellowship is more effective via increase in our knowledge of who we are and what we have in Christ.
Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
That we grow in every good work which causes us to do things which glorify Him.
These are spirit inspired requests. We are to see them as guides to pray for all saints. It is applicable to us all.
Next time you are to lead prayers on behalf of fellow-saints endeavor to follow this pattern.
We are not wiser than God who knows what we need. Use this prayer points to pray for members of your local assembly, family members, neighbors, friends and colleagues who are believers no matter the situation.
Now write down at least 5-10 names you intend to ask the above for daily.
Don’t forget to pray these in the spirit (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Corinthians14:14-15; Jude 24).
Let us pray.
Jesus is Lord, We Win!
Adapted with permission, from Facebook post by Reverend Chris Olusegun Onayinka.