God and I talk all day long, but if I am honest, those conversations are about me, my husband, my kids, my immediate family, my work, and finances. That is an awful lot of ME going on. In the busyness of life I don’t take the time I should take to be in prayer for others and this world.
If I am going to make changes in my prayer life then I need to put something tangible in place to be my helper. I decided to take simple tasks that I do daily or at least frequently and associate them with things and people I want to be in prayer for. How about you? Is praying for others easy or something that goes on your back burner?
18 Ways to Pray for Others:
Shower: Prayers for family member who don’t have a relationship with Christ. Hopefully that doesn’t sound too weird, but I am reminded of baptism when I am in the shower, so my brain links it that way.
“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” Acts 22:16
Brushing Teeth: Prayers for parts of the world without fresh water.
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
Playing baby dolls: Prayers for orphans and foster children around the world.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
Cooking : Pastors and church leaders as they “cook” up their message and lessons for the week.
Signing things such checks, forms, or paper work: Prayers for our world leaders.
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
Driving: Prayers for workers like firefighters, police, and paramedics who risk their lives daily on the streets.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Dishes: Prayers for our military and those away from home who are wishing for simple things like a home cooked meal.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Laundry: Prayers for workers in sweat shops who are not getting fair wages for their time and efforts.
“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin.” Deuteronomy 24:14-15
Watching TV: Prayers for the entertainment industry.
“For it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:5
Putting on my make-up: Prayers for women who are stuck or trapped in the adult “entertainment” industry or feel there is no way out of an abusive relationship.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Putting away clothes: Prayers for anyone who will be sleeping on the streets tonight
Putting away the groceries: Prayers for Food for the Hungry, Kids Against Hunger, Compassion International, and those who are on a mission to make sure every child has a meal tonight.
Putting on shoes: Prayers for Sole Hope and organizations who bring shoes and education to children who are without basic needs.
Playing Legos: Prayers for Habitat for Humanity and organizations who build homes for others.
“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:15-17
Getting my kids ready for bed: Prayers for Invisible Children and organizations that are helping to fight for the rights of children being taken and forced to be child soldiers.
“Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.” Exodus 21:16
Crafting: Prayers for teachers who are inspiring the next generation.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” James 3:1-2
What does your list look like?