Often we don’t think about praying forward because we are focused on our past or our present. Praying for your own needs is a good thing, but praying for others teaches us to see beyond ourselves.
Here are some scriptures in the Bible that help us understand more about praying for others:
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”1 Timothy 2:1
“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives.”1 Timothy 2:2
“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”Job 42:10
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Acts 20:35
Whenever someone prays for you, challenge yourself to receive it, and then go pray for someone else!
How do you pray forward?
- Each week make a list of people you want to pray for.
- Once a week, as a family, write a card together for someone you are praying for.
Be encouraged to pray for someone today!