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Why Pray For Some People

If walking by the Spirit of God means we do what the Holy Spirit tells us to do, then why do we pray for people whom the Holy Spirit hasn't quickened us to?

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 ---Donna9759 on 8/22/06
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We are told in the scriptures to pray for others(intercessory prayer) What is there to argue about? Just obey God and do it! Simple.
When I pray I usually receive a prompting from the Holy Spirit to pray for someone outside of my family members. I obey and lift them up in prayer. It is so easy to just want to pray for our own little circle of family and friends but we are to do more than this. Read St John chap 17 where Jesus prayed for himself and others, as well.
---Robyn on 1/31/08

# James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
---lisa on 1/25/08

If we only did what the Holy Spirit led us to do, we might stay in bed all day :).
God has revealed His general will for us. In matters of prayer it comes from such verses as Luke 18:1, I Thes 2:13, James 4:2, the example of Jesus etc.
Then there are times that we are moved by the Spirit in particular to pray for someone or something.
The two are not exclusionary but complementary.
---Bruce5656 on 1/24/08

Why not pray for anyone? But how do we dare to assume we have the influence with god to pray & expect to receive the request? It's as if there was nothing else in the universe influencing god's decision but our prayers -- this is not the humility Christ practiced...
---david on 8/24/06

aaahhhh yes Jack!!!! However, you forget that Jesus said, MY sheep hear MY voice, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow." The problem is Jack, most think it's the Lord's voice their hearing but it's really their own. How do we know Jesus's voice? It matches His word, amen???? His voice is His word.
---Donna9759 on 8/22/06

If we don't then who is going to? I thank God someone prayed for me when I was a sinner. If not, I don't know where I'd be. You never know what someone is going through with, and the prayer that you prayed just might help that person to find strength in God, lifting them up before the Lord.
---Rebecca_D on 8/22/06

Because the Holy Spirit's voice sounds so MUCH like our own, and tends to tell us what we want to hear.

Think about it.
---Jack on 8/22/06

May I please be a little more specific? I don't think I wrote the question the way my mind was thinking it out. I heard a preacher say one time that you have to have the word of faith to pray for someone. I guess he meant for a specific reason. So if we pray for a person to be healed and he wasn't, then would it be because we didn't have the word of faith from the Lord???? In other words, then maybe it wasn't God's will for that person the way we prayed. Can you help with this?
---Donna9759 on 8/22/06

I try to avoid praying for anyone that the Holy Spirit has not put on my heart. I have been told I'm very coldhearted because of my attitude concerning this. Sometimes I stand out like a sore thumb because I won't pray for someone that has requested prayer. Rather than pray myself I try to get them to pray
---mima on 8/22/06

Because we are to be Christ like, and we should pray for as many people as we can. There is power in prayer and God wants us to pray.
---dawn5744 on 8/22/06

For starters the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2 v 1 that we have to offer prayers, petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving for ALL MEN...
---pkay on 8/22/06

Donna, I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to pray for everyone. Everyone needs prayer, me and you and everyone else. The Holy Spirit does not need to remind us to pray for each other.
---shira on 8/22/06

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