According to the Bible, Who Are We to Pray For?



OF COURSE, the Bible declares that we should pray for ALL men.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men”

ALL MEN includes ALL: homosexuals, atheists, satanic worshipers, workers of iniquity, wolves in the pulpit, foolish men who commit evil or wicked deeds, liars, witches, thieves, those mean us harm.

In short, praying for ALL MEN means exactly that: ALL MEN–even the men we do not particularly like.

But are we to pray for anyone SPECIFICALLY?

The answer is YES.

So, with that thought in mind, here is a list of those for whom God’s Word–not other men, not the churches but the  Bible–tells us we are specifically to pray for.

1- Political Leaders and Those in Authority.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
–1TIMOTHY 2:1-4

2- The life of political leaders and the life of the political leader’s sons.

“That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.”
–Ezra 6:10

3- Each other.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
–James 5:16

4- The sick.

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord”
–James 5:14

5- Our enemies.

This includes the workers of iniquity.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”
–Matthew 5:44

6- Jerusalem.

(Naturally, this includes all who live in the city, as well.)

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
–Psalm 122:6

7- Unbelievers.

Paul prayed for the unbelieving in Israel, but this also applies to unbelievers in general, that they may be saved according to God’s will.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”
–Romans 10:1

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
–2PETER 3:9

8- Ourselves.

A lot of prayer time is naturally concerned with personal requests, but this is Biblical.

“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
–Psalm 50:14-15

9- All saints.

When God’s Word refers to “The saints,” it is referring to BELIEVERS OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, NOT some list of men compiled by other men in the pagan churches.

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
–Ephesians 6:18

9- Pray for all who preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
–Ephesians 18-20

There are others (our children, future generations, etc.), but these listed are the main groups of people for whom we are to pray.

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DOES the reader pray specifically for certain men?

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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 3-5, 2019.]

MORE: 10 Prayers for the Believer’s Prayer List




by Jeremiah James
–with Mondo Frazier

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