10 Ways to Pray for Someone
The truth is, we all have a sin problem. That’s why we need Jesus so much. But if someone you love is trapped in a pattern of sin or refuses to repent from sin, the stakes can seem sky-high. When I don’t know what to pray, I pray God’s Word. With that in mind, here are ten ways straight from Scripture to pray for someone stuck in sin.
- Pray for them to see their sin as God sees it.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear (Isa. 59:2).
- Pray for their hard heart to soften.
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26).
- Pray for them to recognize the kindness of God.
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Rom. 2:4).
- Pray for them to have a desire for God’s Word.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:4).
- Pray for God’s Word to do surgery in their heart.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12).
- Pray for the consequences of their sin to become clear to them.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment (Ps. 51:3–4).
- Pray for them to be surrounded by people who will speak truth into their life.
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins (James 5:19–20).
- Pray for them to recognize that only God can satisfy their deepest needs.
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things (Ps. 107:9).
- Pray for them to know how much God loves them.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:17–19).
- Pray for them to repent.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2).
(Excerpt from https://liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/