What to pray for? How to pray for unbelievers
Prayer is actually doing business with the Ruler of the Universe.
As Virginia Whitman so beautifully explains in her book ‘Mustard’, “When you have a desire or need for something, be it commodity or a service, you make contact with a person or firm you presume could give you satisfaction. What follows is termed ‘doing business’ with them. Prayer is doing business with God, and is every bit as practical as any earthy transaction.”
Pray for a great revelation of God’s power
“I pray that… you will know that God’s power is great.” (Ephesians 1:19)
A mother’s prayer answered
Greg tells his story…
“At the age of eleven I started exploring sexually and became addicted. Life soon got out of control. I started drinking and by the time I was fifteen I was drinking on a regular basis as well as smoking marijuana and LSD. By the time I was eighteen years old I was a fully-fledged addict. Heroin became my friend for the next fifteen years – in and out of jails, living a life of violence and crime, it was all just part of life. Hatred and anger seemed to be my companion. All I wanted was my dad to hug me and tell me that he loved me, but I hadn’t seen him since he left my mum when I was seven. My mum daily read the Bible and prayed for me. While praying one morning, the verse in Mark chapter 9 verses 23 encouraged her. It says, “All things are possible for the one who believes.” Her cry was that morning, “Lord, I believe, thank you for saving Greg today.” This was obviously a prayer prompted by the Holy Spirit because at that very moment I was reaching for the phone to order more drugs when I saw clearly how I had wronged God, others and myself. As I knelt on the floor weeping; got right with God and turned away from my drugs completely.
It was a miracle – thanks to my mum’s prayers and a God who loved me enough to rescue me!”
What do I pray for?
Pray for a revelation of God’s love
“I pray that you… will have the power to understand the greatness of God’s love” (Ephesians 3:19).
Pray that you will live a life of love
“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and built on love” (Ephesians 3:17).
Pray for your life to be a witness
The Apostle Paul prayed “that you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him in all things” (Colossians 1:10).
Pray for a burden for the lost
The Apostle Paul was passionate. He longed and prayed to God, “that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1).
Pray for gratitude
“I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:12).
Pray that you’ll be without fear
The Apostle Paul asked others to pray for him, “that when I speak, God will give me words so that I can tell the secret of the Good News without fear” (Ephesians 6:19).
Pray for boldness
Saint Luke prayed, “Lord, take notice of the threats they have made, and allow us, your servants, to speak your message with all boldness” (Acts 4:29).
Pray for wisdom
“We always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives” (Colossians 1:9).
Pray for endurance
The Apostle Paul encourages us to “pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up” (Ephesians 6:18).
This short video will show you from the Bible how to pray for your unsaved friends and family.