Intercessory Prayer for Children, Grandchildren, Loved Ones, and Friends (Based on Colossians1:9-14)

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the example of Paul’s intercessory prayer in Colossians 1:9-14. This is a good prayer for me to use when praying for my children, grandchildren, loved ones, and friends. Thank you for my loved ones, because they are a real joy and blessing to me. I ask You to direct them not only to learn more about You, but to apply and live according to the insight You want to give them. Give them spiritual understanding about Your will for their life. Verse 9:For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” May they comprehend that being able to fully understand God’s will and sense of direction is the most important undertaking for them.

I ask that You direct them to desire a quality of life that would be pleasing to You, and that they understand that they are an extension of Jesus’ life when He was here on earth. Verse 10a: That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work.” Teach them to joyfully live according to Your spiritual power and not try to do things in their own power. Verse 11: Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Encourage them to daily practice verse 12:Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Show any of them who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that this decision has to be made first in order for any of this prayer to work for them. Amen.

Prayer Asking for a Hedge of Protection Around Loved Ones and Friends

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

All powerful Heavenly Father, I come in the Name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, to thank You for the protection You give from the attacks of the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

You illustrate in a number of places in Your Word (the Bible) that You will place a hedge of protection around Your children. Job 1:10Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” As the world rages in chaos, I entrust the safety of my loved ones and friends (list their names here) into Your hands for a strong hedge of protection around them.

Since Your Word is crucial in this, I ask that You put a strong desire in their heart and mind to read and allow the power of Your Word to direct them in every phase of their life. Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Let every dark place in their life be exposed to the bright light of Your truth so that nothing is hidden and everything is exposed. In John 8:12b Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

I ask that Your presence be very near to my loved ones and friends and that You go with them wherever they go. May Your angels always be at their side. I know that there is a limit to how much I can do, but You can protect them in all things. Direct me to loosen my desire for control and allow You to be their protector and guide.

It is in the loving, compassionate Name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.