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Praying for Others

by | Jun 16, 2021 | Prayer

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:1 ESV)

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perserverance, making supplication for all the saints.” (Eph. 6:18 ESV)

Has someone come to you and asked for prayer? Did you pray for them? Do you know how to pray?

As I child my mom taught me the bedtime prayer I think most kids learn. “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” But kids being kids, we had another version. “Now I lay me down to sleep with a bag of peanuts at my feet. If I should die before I wake, I leave them to my uncle Jake.” And while researching this I found yet another version: “Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Guide and guard me through the night; and wake me with the morning light.”

As a preteen in Sunday School we learned The Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (KJV) That’s a good prayer. So if you can’t find the words, say that one. God knows what’s in your heart and if you can’t find the words, there they are. Use them.

Kathy Keller

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