Intentional Prayer: Part 3 {Praying For Family, Friends and Beyond}

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Last week we went through the first half of this series, and if you missed it you can find both parts here:

Intentional Prayer: Part 1 {Praying For Your Children}

Intentional Prayer: Part 2 {Praying For Your Spouse}

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Today were are looking at Part 3 which covers praying for your family, friends and beyond. This is a much broader area then the first two parts of this series, so the guide for this focus area is broad and can be used in different ways.

This focus area is broken into four main categories of people/ministries to be praying for:

*Family: This may vary based on what kind of a prayer routine you already have in place. You may already have a group of family members that you pray for on a regular basis. If that’s the case, then you might want to choose other extended family members that you aren’t praying for on a regular basis.

*Friends: This can be anyone you consider to be a friend in your life. Maybe it’s a casual friend, maybe it’s a close friend.

*Faith Causes: This area covers any kind of organization/group of people who are dedicated to spreading God’s love to the world—and there are so many to choose from. This could be a church, an outreach ministry, missionaries who do work in other countries, etc.

*Fill In The Blank: This area is for anyone else that you might feel led to pray for, and you might want to challenge yourself to think out of the box here. This could be a co-worker, a neighbor, the cashier at your local grocery store, your daughter’s teacher, you son’s soccer coach, your hair stylist, the mom at that grocery store who looks overwhelmed—you may not even know their name but you can still pray for them.

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Like the first two parts of this series, there is a month-by-month table to guide you through a year of praying in this area—but this one is designed to get filled in by you.

There’s a print-friendly version of the whole table below, but here’s a one month chunk of it to give you an idea:

January

Family:
Friend:
Faith Cause:
Fill In The Blank:

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There are different ways to use this chart, so use it in a way that you feel led. You may want to pray that God would lay people on your heart each month. As he does, fill in the chart. You may start over new each month and pray for a different set of people, or you might feel led to keep praying for people in previous months. There’s not a right or wrong—it’s not a formula. The point is to be more intentional about tuning into the needs of those around you.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” ~1 Timothy 2:1

The more time we spend with the Lord, the more we allow His Love to fill our souls—and the more in tune we become to the things that He cares about. And then the things He cares about, start to become the things we care about too. He will tune us in to the people He wants us to be caring about and praying for, if we take the time to seek Him, and listen.

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This series will be wrapping up on Wednesday with one more area of focus. I will also explain a little bit about why this series is so important to me. In addition, I will be sharing a few ideas of how to bring everything together that we have covered in this series, and implement them into your life in a realistic way. I hope you will join me on Wednesday for the last part of this series!

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{Printable Version: A Year Long Guide To Praying For Family, Friends & Beyond}

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Many Blessings,

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