Jesus Christ calls every person to follow him. As Christians it’s our duty and joy to share that invitation. That’s why the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every church in England to join a week of prayer this Pentecost, from 8-15th May — let’s pray for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing this life-transforming faith.

Praying for Five Friends

Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do; persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives.

Consistently praying for others takes discipline, and there are many ways that we can build up habits that will help us to pray for our friends and family.

Choose five people you would regularly like to pray for and write their names down onto a list. If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on 5 names, commit to praying for them regularly.

Here are five easy ways to pray for five people regularly. Choose the one that suits you best:

1. PIECE OF STRING

Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.

2. SMALL STONES

Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.

3. BUSINESS PRAYER CARD OR BOOKMARK

Grab a piece of card that will easily fit inside your wallet, purse or book. Write your list of five names onto the card before putting it in your wallet or book. Use this card as a daily reminder to pray for them.

4. PRAYER ALERTS

Add your list of five people to the alerts section of your phone and set reminders to pray for them. You could choose one name per day, or pray for all five across your day. Remember to set alerts for a suitable time where you can stop to pray for your list.

5. POST-IT NOTES

Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each. Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.

YOU MIGHT LIKE TO USE THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS AS YOU PRAY FOR OTHERS:

Loving Lord,
Please work in me so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal your love to them, that they might know, follow and witness to you,
For Your Glory
Amen

Loving Father,
Send your Holy Spirit so I can share your love, life and message with…
Reveal Jesus to them, that they might know, follow and love him,
For Your Glory
Amen

You build your church through the power of your Spirit.
By the same Spirit enable me to witness to… your love, beauty and grace.
That they may come to the fellowship of the faithful
For Your Glory
Amen

Lord,
I pray that you will lead… to you.
Thank you that you love them and I pray that you would break into their life and show them your love, grace and peace.
For Your Glory
Amen

Using the BLESS acrostic can help us to focus on all of the felt needs of those we praying for:

— Body – health, protection, energy
— Labour – employment/unemployment, retirement, adequate income
— Emotional – inner peace, joy, wisdom, insight, patience
— Social – healthy relationships between spouses, parents, children, friends;

RECONCILIATION; LOVE

— Spiritual – repentance, salvation, obedience, faith

Join with others from St Paul’s in praying through the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday. We will be meeting at the following times to pray, each session will be led by a different person from our church community:

  • Monday 9th May 9am
  • Tuesday 10th May 7pm
  • Wednesday 11th May 9am
  • Thursday 12th May 7pm
  • Friday 13th May 7pm
  • Saturday 14th May Prayer Breakfast 9am