Eight Groups of People We Should Pray For

Prayer A to Z

Paul wrote, “first of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” (I Timothy 2:1).  We see from this verse that there is a sense in which our prayers must include the whole world.  They must go beyond our own families, our churches, our friends, and our country.  What a great and awesome responsibility we have.  And at the same time what a great privilege and honor God has given to us to be able to touch a soul on the other side of the world.

I have laid out for you what I have found from my study to be the main groups of people we should pray and intercede for.  Here are those groups, eight in all.


1.  Secular leaders (1 Timothy 2:2).  Under the heading of “all men,” the first group that Paul instructs…

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5 Possible Meanings of “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

Prayer A to Z

 This is an excerpt from my book Purpose of Prayer.

Here is the first of three petitions that describe our own personal needs.  The first three petitions are for God’s desires.  The next three are for our needs.  And we must always remember to pray for His requirements first; then He will show us what our real needs are, and He will lead us to pray for those things.  Moreover, when we concentrate on His priorities first, He gives us a true and right perspective on things; hence, He shows us what our priorities should be, and He puts us in a better mind to pray for ourselves and for our friends. 

This first of these personal petitions is for our daily bread, and is normally thought of as a petition for all our daily, physical needs—for our food and shelter, etc.  For the most part, I think this…

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