If you are trying to develop your prayer life, here are ways to pray for yourself, fellow believers, and everyone in your life straight from the New Testament. This list is not exhaustive, but will give you plenty of things to pray for the people in our lives. Remember these things in your prayers:
Matt 5:44 – pray for your enemies and persecutors
Matt 9:38 – pray for laborers for the harvest
Matthew 26:41 – pray that you may not enter into temptation. (The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.)
Ephesians 3:14-19 – prayer for spiritual strength
Ephesians 6:18-19 – boldness to proclaim the gospel
Philippians 1:9-11 – pray for love to abound more and more with knowledge and discernment so that we could approve what is excellent, be pure and blameless, and filled the fruit of righteousness.
Philippians 4:6 – Instead of anxiety, pray for everything asking God for anything with thanksgiving
Colossians 1:9-12 – pray that they may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May they be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Colossians 4: pray that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ
Colossians 4:12 pray that they may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God
1 Thessalonians 3: 10 – thank God for them and pray all the time that you may supply what is lacking in their faith.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 – May the Lord make them/us increase and abound in love for one another and for all, so that he may establish our hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – Pray for God to make them worthy of his calling and that they may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us, and us in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Pray that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 – Make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that they may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way and for people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Philemon 1:4-6 – Thank God for them in prayer and pray that the sharing of our faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
James 5:15 – pray for the sick and for all to confess and repent of sin.
3 John 1 – pray for good physical health and spiritual health which means walking in the truth.