Who or what do you most often pray for? At this point, who or what is your main prayer focus? Are these things constants or do they change? If these answers do not come pretty quickly, consider how you could develop a deeper, more consistant, more meaningful prayer life. If your prayers seem to focus on just a few people or items, please consider for a few minutes the people in your life and the situations in your world that would benefit greatly from being lifted up in your prayers.
One of the most powerful ways that we can pray for another is to invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into their lives. In Acts 8 the people of Samaria have been baptized. John and Peter go to them and pray over them and invite the Holy Spirit into the lives of these new believers. The Samaritans receive the Spirit as a result of these prayers. Just like the people that John and Peter prayed for, those that we pray for can be opened up to the presence of the Spirit. They must still receive this gift, but our prayers can begin this process.
When we go deep in prayer, we are also inviting the Holy Spirit to be present with us. When we invest time and energy into our prayer life, it is like any other practice or relationship – it grows. And if we allow space and invite God to be present, the connection we have can reach new levels and can impact us powerfully.
In closing, let us return to the second question. There are people and situations that I pray for daily. This is a good thing. But in our prayer lives we must also have a few people or items that we focus on for a time or a season. To do so we must be sensitive and seeking. If we do this, God and the Holy Spirit will lay these prayer focuses upon us. Then we have the holy and awesome privelege of lifting another person or situation up in intense and focused prayer. Blessings on your prayer life this day!
Scripture reference: Acts 8: 14-17