We love our friends and family, and we long for God to be working in their lives. But when it comes to praying for them, often we don't quite know what to ask for. Or our requests to God on their behalf feel shallow, repetitive and stuck in a rut.
That's where this little book is designed to help. It will equip you to pray powerful prayers for the people you love—prayers that really change things, because they're based on God's word.
Each spread takes a passage of Scripture and suggests 5 things to pray for a person in your life. Because when we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.
Use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time, or pick it up whenever someone you know is in particular need of prayer.
Praying for the people in your life
1. A Christian parent
2. A wife
3. A husband
4. A baby
5. A school-aged child
6. A teenager
7. An elderly relative
8. A neighbor
9. My colleagues
10. A non-Christian friend
11. A Christian friend
Praying through life's ups and downs
12. A Christian going through a hard time
13. A Christian who is sick
14. A Christian struggling with sin
15. A loved one making a decision
16. A loved one changing jobs or location
17. Praying when someone you love has died trusting in Christ
18. Praying when someone you love has died not trusting in Christ
19. A loved one on their birthday
20. A loved one at Christmas
21. A loved one at Easter time
Rachel Jones is the author of Is This It? and the award-winning Five Things to Pray series, and an editor at The Good Book Company. She leads Bible studies for young adults and helps teach kids at her church, Chessington Evangelical Church, in Surrey, UK. Rachel studied History at Manchester University before joining TGBC.
"The Puritan William Gurnall once said: ‘Prayer is nothing but the promise reversed or God’s word turned inside out and formed into an argument and retorted back again upon God by faith.’ It sounds great. But what does it look like in practice? 5 Things to Pray for the People You Love and 5 Things to Pray for Your Church answer that question. They’ll walk you through using God’s word in prayer. And praying God’s word is my number one tip to help people invigorate their prayer life. So read these books and invigorate your prayers." - Tim Chester, Pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and author of You Can Pray (IVP)
"Five Things is a brilliantly simple but hugely effective means of stimulating your prayer life for church, mission, family and friends. Accessible and attractive, with lots of Scripture to focus prayer, it will be a great tool for churches to help members to pray regularly and creatively." - Trevor Archer, FIEC Training Director