How To Pray for Others
Many Christians are fearful about praying with someone who is suffering because they don’t know how to do so. But there are just a few simple requirements for being able to pray confidently for those who are sick or hurting.
First, WE NEED TO HAVE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. This sounds obvious, but the sad truth is that we are often consumed with our own problems and don’t make time to care about others, much less pray for them. As we seek to identify with the suffering of others as best we can, God gives us the ability to pray fervently for His deliverance in their lives.
Second: WE MUST BE WILLING TI LISTEN. This is one of the most affirming, comforting, and healing things you can do for others. Instead of trying to fix problems by offering advice or sharing your own experience, try to express God’s love and compassion. Listen patiently to people’s stories. Then, go to the Lord together in prayer, and ask Him to speak directly into their specific situations. Just remember: unless you have permission, never share with others – even in the form of a prayer request – what hurting individuals tell you.