For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way. (Colossians 1:9-10)
The “tool” that helps me most in my praying for folks is using the Psalms! For instance, I may take Psalm 91 and use the phrases from the Psalm to pray for folks on this prayer list.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:1-8)
So my prayer may go something like this: Lord, would you help _________ sense “rest in the shadow of You, the Almighty.” Would they believe and know and experience that “You are their refuge and fortress.” Help them to feel that “you have covered them with your feathers and under Your wings they find refuge.” Please help them to sense deep hope as “Your faithfulness protects and shields them!” Amen!
I find praying the Psalms helps me find the words to use to pray for others and helps me not get distracted in my praying.
Try praying this Psalm for the requests on the prayer list!
Battling in prayer with you!