Prayers offered in faith can restore an unwell person; that’s what the Bible says in James 5:15. When you know someone in need of special help, someone going through some tough times, or someone who is physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually unwell, your prayers to God can heal this sickness. Healing, deliverance, salvation, freedom, and restoration are God’s promises in Christ Jesus. He made them readily available for those who believe in the LORD and the power of His name. So whoever may need special help, know that your unceasing prayers and declaration of God’s Word can make that person well.
Here is an example of prayer:
Heavenly Father, I lift to you my friend (name) who is going through tough times. I thank You, for Your grace is sufficient, and your mercies are new every morning. I know that You can work all things for their good and that You are faithful to heal, deliver, provide, and set free my friend in all aspects of their life in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
Here is another example of prayer if there seems to be some form of demonic oppression in his/her life:
In Jesus’ name, I rebuke the enemy’s works upon (name)’s life. I declare healing, deliverance, and restoration upon them. Life in abundance belongs to them in Christ Jesus, and I magnify all that You do and all that You are upon their life LORD. Amen.
Nothing is too difficult for the LORD (see Jeremiah 32:27). When you know someone who may need some help, be confident that the LORD is the best Help. He comes to rescue those whose eyes are fixed on Him and those who rely on Him at all times. It can be challenging when your mind battles with the reality of a situation, whether yours or someone else’s, and sometimes the enemy bombards your thoughts with lies, doubts, and worries. But God’s Word says that nothing is too hard for the LORD. He is always able!
How do you pray for someone in need?
God promised provision to all His children’s needs. He is a good heavenly Father who gives good gifts, sends the rain, and makes the sun shine on both good and evil. How much more to those who trust in His name and in the promises of His Word? Whether a friend you know needs a financial breakthrough or healing, whatever they may need, know that the Heavenly Father never fails to provide for all the things His people need, whatever that may be.
When praying for someone in need, you declare the will of God upon their life. The will of God is also written in His Word, the Bible. That is why when praying, it is best to be guided and fully aware of God’s Word, whether it is about His provisions, healing, salvation, deliverance, restoration, or anything else. Here are some Bible verses, along with various prayers that you can take as a guide and sample:
1. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Heavenly Father, I praise You and glorify Your name as I lift up my friend before You. Thank You for generously providing for all of his needs. You give him everything according to the unlimited resources in heaven made available by Christ Jesus, and there is still plenty left to share with others. I pray that he’ll be constantly aware of Your goodness, grace, and mercies upon his life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2. Hebrews 13:5
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life of (name). Thank You for providing for all that he needs, as you already know even before he speaks his needs. I am confident that You will never leave him nor forsake him, and I pray that the Holy Spirit always keep him from the love of money and be content in Christ alone, this I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
3. Romans 8:32
Heavenly Father, today I lift up to you, my friend who is in need. I thank You for his life and Your faithfulness upon him. You always give him everything he needs, for You did not even spare Your own Son but gave Him up for us all. I declare blessings in all aspects of his life, and may he receive the breakthrough he’s been asking for in Jesus’ name. Amen.
4. Matthew 7:11
Thank You, God, for You are a Heavenly Father who gives good gifts to Your children. And as I pray for my friend’s needs, I know that You’ve already prepared them, and Your heavenly angels are being dispatched to assist him in everything that he needs. Continue to bless him and his family, and may Your tangible presence always be felt by him in Jesus’ name. Amen.
5. Philippians 4:6-7
Thank You, Father, for my friend doesn’t need to worry about anything. As he prays to you about everything he needs, You give him Your peace that guards his mind and heart in Christ Jesus. And I thank You and glorify You for all that You have been doing in His life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
6. Matthew 6:31-32
Thank You Father for the life of my friend. He doesn’t have to worry about food or clothes and anything else he may need because You already know. You give Him instead the mind of Christ and thoughts that know Your ways and plans, and I bless him in all aspects in Jesus’ name. Amen.
7. Psalm 37:25
Heavenly Father, thank You, as I have never yet seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for food. As I lift up to you, my friend in need, I thank You because I know You won’t abandon him and his family. You are faithful to provide for all their needs, so he doesn’t have to worry about anything because You are trustworthy. I praise You and glorify You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
There are many more Scripture verses in the Bible that can minister or speak to someone’s need, whatever that may be. As you allow the Holy Spirit to take you through the Word of God during your time of prayer and meditation, He will reveal specific Scriptures that you can declare for your friend in need. Praying the Scripture is powerful because you are praying for the perfect will of God. God’s heavenly angels only tend to God’s Word, and His Word only moves them. So when you speak God’s Word and declare His will in your life and for others, the angels carry out their assignment, accomplishing the will of God through His Word.
How do you pray for someone who is going through a hard time?
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time and a season for all activity under the heavens. Not everything in life is smooth roads and joy rides. Seasons of storms come in suddenly, as well as moments of trials, testing, and difficulties. There are times of travailing and contending for things we need and desire in life. It can be painful and challenging when you go through a difficult season or a tough time in life, but God promised in His Word that He would never leave us or forsake us. We don’t have to be dismayed or discouraged because the LORD will help us in all things. Jesus Christ already overcame the world, and He lives in us to make us overcomers in Him.
When someone you know is going through a hard time in life, the Lord’s compassion in you compels you to help that person in whatever way you can. You can’t ignore helping a friend with cash, goods, or prayers. God’s Spirit in you causes you to take action because it is the fruit of His Spirit manifesting in you. How do you pray for someone who is going through a hard time? You come to the Father and present your request. Philippians 4:6 says be not anxious for anything, but in everything through prayer and petition along with thanksgiving unto the LORD, present your requests to God. Here is a prayer that can serve as a guide for you:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for all You do in my life and for always hearing my prayers and petitions. I have a friend going through a hard time, and I pray that You empower her faith, remind her of Your Words of Promises and help her fix her eyes on Jesus Christ, especially in these times of trials. I know Your grace is sufficient, and she is an overcomer through Christ in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Another way you can also pray for someone going through difficulties in life is by declaring the Scriptures. Or, if you have a chance to meet with them, you can pray directly and let them hear the words of life, the Word of God, as you speak to their identity in Christ Jesus. Here is an example of something that you can declare to them:
In Jesus’ name, you are an overcomer in Christ Jesus. No mountains, no waves, or storms can bring you down because Christ is in you, the hope of glory! You are a child of God, and the enemy can’t withstand you because of the LORD’s anointing upon your life! I decree and declare freedom and restoration in all aspects of your life in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Praying for your friend and letting them hear those words of life, identity, and authority in Christ Jesus brings great encouragement and helps change the way one thinks. God’s Word renews our mind; sometimes, realizations can hit us by praying and declaring His Word. As you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you into prayer, I am confident that your friend will be ignited and aligned to the victory of Christ Jesus.
How do you tell someone you’re praying for them?
A praying friend is the best friend because they bring you closer to God. You are that friend who takes others in prayers before the LORD because He has placed a heart of an intercessor in you. Praying for others is rewarding because you know that only the Heavenly Father sees you in the secret place, and that He sees your heart for others and hears your prayers for them. Intercession is powerful because when you stand in the gap for others, you cause heaven to move for their sake through your prayers offered in faith.
While telling someone that you’re praying for them is unnecessary, you can do so if the Holy Spirit leads you. It can be a great encouragement to hear that someone is praying for you. It makes you feel that you are not alone in facing the battles of life and that someone is backing you up through prayer.
How do you tell someone that you are praying for them? Here are some ways for you to approach them kindly:
- Friend, I’d like you to know that I am praying for you and with you. May the Lord bless you.
- I want you to know that you are not alone and whatever it is that you may be going through in life, I am praying for you.
- I am just here whenever you need a listening ear, and know that you are in my prayers.
- You are always in my prayers, and I know that God has His best plans in mind for you. He is not yet done in your life.
- I want you to know that I care for you, and that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
These are just a few ways to approach someone and gently tell them that you are praying for them. It can touch a soul, and they may even begin to open up about things they have never told anyone. Be you in Christ, a child of God full of love and Christ’s compassion. Your presence is a gift, and your prayers are powerful because He who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you. God bless you!