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Yesterday, I talked about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s campaign to get every person in the Anglican Communion praying between Ascension and Pentecost. During that time, the Disciples waited and prayed in the upper room for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Ascension is this Thursday, and is the day we celebrate Jesus’ return to heaven. We will celebrate it next Sunday, May 28. On that day, I will have some resources available for you to take home in order to pray, along with the disciples, for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and for God’s Kingdom to come.
For now, here are some simple ways to pray for five friends that you would like to see come to know Jesus. Many of these ideas can be used with children and youth, to both teach and remind them to pray. I hope you find them helpful and inspiring. Each day, spend some time praying for the Holy Spirit, and for five of your friends.
Prayer for the Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that we may be truly wise, and ever enjoy your consolations, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Pray for Five Friends:
Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives.
Consistently praying for others takes discipline, and there are many ways that we can build up habits that will help us to pray for our friends and family.
Choose five people you would regularly like to pray for and write their names down onto a list. If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on 5 names, commit to praying for them regularly by praying the following:
in the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [here, name your friends]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
Here are five easy ways to pray for five people regularly. Choose the one that suits you best.
1. PIECE OF STRING
Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.
2. SMALL STONES
Find five small stones (light colored ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.
3. BUSINESS PRAYER CARD OR BOOKMARK
Grab a piece of card that will easily fit inside your wallet, purse or book. Write your list of five names onto the card before putting it in your wallet or book. Use this card as a daily reminder to pray for them.
4. PRAYER ALERTS
Add your list of five people to the alerts section of your phone and set reminders to pray for them. You could choose one name per day, or pray for all five across your day. Remember to set alerts for a suitable time where you can stop to pray for your list.
5. POST-IT NOTES
Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each. Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.
You might like to use the following prayers as you pray for others:
Please work in me so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal your love to them, that they might know, follow and witness to you,
for Your glory.
Send your Holy Spirit so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal Jesus to them, that they might know, follow and love him,
for Your glory.
You build your church through the power of your Spirit.
By the same Spirit enable me to witness to… your love, beauty and grace,
that they may come to the fellowship of the faithful
for Your glory.
I pray that you will lead… to you.
Thank you that you love them. I pray that you would break into their life and show them your love, grace and peace,
for Your glory.
Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus on all of the felt needs of those we are praying for:
— Body – health, protection, energy
— Labor – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income
— Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience
— Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends, reconciliation; love
— Spiritual – repentance, salvation, obedience, faith
May you have a blessed prayer journey,