“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).
Paul prayed for strong hearts for the Thessalonian believers— hearts that flowed with love. He specifically asked Jesus Christ to increase the believers’ love for each other. That increase of love would bring a great will to live lives pleasing to God. Sometimes we get frustrated with fellow believers when they do not live up to our spiritual expectations. We also get frustrated with ourselves and our failings. Maybe we just need stronger hearts. Maybe if we started praying for more love— for an overflow of love—the rest would take care of itself.
Father, I pray that ____________________ would overflow with Your love. Pour out the love of Jesus on him (or her). Please let him sense Your love for him. Then cause that knowledge of Your love to grow love within ____________________. May love for others ooze out of him. Father God, strengthen ____________________’s heart so that he can overcome the evil one and live a pure and blameless life before You. May ____________________ be a model follower of Yours so others can emulate his life. Amen.
–Taken from Praying like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf
Read Ps. 40:1-3 and praise your Redeemer and Savior. Thank God for lifting you up out of the mud and mire of sin. Confess those times you’ve desired to return to the slimy pit of sin. Commit yourself to living in such a way that others may “see . . . and put their trust in the LORD.” Ask God to enable you to stand firm on the Rock of Jesus Christ.
Pray that Jesus the Rock will be the foundation and cornerstone of your family. Ask especially that teens you know will find a firm place to stand in Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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