Ten Ways To Pray For Those We Don’t Know

I was reading in Colossians the other morning and I came across verses 9-12 in chapter one. I began reading it out loud as a prayer for myself.

Then the thought came to me: What if I started praying this prayer for others?

Sometimes I find myself wondering how to pray for other people, such as leaders, missionaries, acquaintances at church, and others. I often see people walking along side of the road and I pray a quick prayer of blessing over them. My prayers are often quick and general because I’m not sure what to pray.

Paul himself had never met the Colossians, but that didn’t keep him from praying for them.

Do you find yourself in the same situation as me? Let’s vamp up our prayer lives.

Here are 10 ways to pray for those we don’t know:

  1. Be filled with knowledge of His will
  2. Have spiritual wisdom and understanding
  3. They lead a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way.
  4. They bear fruit in every good work
  5. Grow in the knowledge of God
  6. Be filled with His strength
  7. Endurance
  8. Patience
  9. Stay full of Christ’s joy
  10. Always giving thanks to the Father
What are some other Scriptural prayers you pray over others?
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  • Connie

    Gal, you are on the right track!  Scriptural prayers are the most powerful!  What could be more effective than praying God’s Word, that He’s given us, to pray it back to Him for others!  Think of John 16 & 17, that Jesus prayed before His crucifixion.  Any of Paul’s prayers that he prayed for the churches he help get started.  He only wanted God’s best for them! Praying God’s Word for the salvation of the lost…”God is patient, not willing that any should  perish, but that all to come to repentence.”  A prayer that I pray when I don’t know a situation is that God would reveal Himself to that person at the point of their need.  That frees Him to do whatever He desires to do, for their good and His glory!

  • Love this! So appropriate for a situation in my life right now. Thanks!

  • Country Gal

    God knows who they are. He knows their name. He knows their struggles. He cares for them. If you pray, he will know what you mean. God is a perfect God, and He cares for all people. Big, small, young, old, poor, rich, child, or adult.

  • Child O The One True King

    So right, County Gal. Amen.

  • Flarper27

    What are you saying, exactly????????

  • Maylaine

    Hi, thanks for this article. I also pray for other people that I don’t know. I have always wondered if I was doing the right thing. I wanted to make it my own personal ministry. What I do is when I read the news I pray over people who are victims of calamities, crime, injustice or just anything. I stretched my hand over the newspaper or my tablet where the news item appeared and pray over it.