8611 prayer, for others
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Believers should pray, not only for their own needs, but for those of others. Scripture provides many examples of intercession, and commends it as pleasing to God.

Believers must value others

Philippians 2:3-4

Examples of praying for others

Moses prays for the Israelites

Deuteronomy 9:18-19 See also Exodus 32:9-14; Exodus 34:9; Numbers 14:11-19; Deuteronomy 9:25-29

Samuel prays for Israel

1 Samuel 7:5-9 See also 1 Samuel 12:19-23

Job prays for his friends

Job 42:10

Jeremiah prays for Judah

Jeremiah 7:16 God forbade the prophet Jeremiah to pray for his people because they were unrepentant sinners. See also Jeremiah 11:14; Jeremiah 14:11

Jesus Christ intercedes for believers

Romans 8:34 See also Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1

The Holy Spirit intercedes for believers

Romans 8:26-27

Christians are to intercede for others

Christians are to pray for their enemies

Matthew 5:44 See also Luke 6:28; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60

Christians are to pray for one another

Ephesians 6:18 See also 1 Thessalonians 5:25; Phm 22; Hebrews 13:18-19; James 5:14-16; 1 John 5:16

Christians are to prayer for rulers

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Examples of pleas made to Jesus Christ on behalf of others

See also

Matthew 8:5-13 pp Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 15:21-28 pp Mark 7:24-30; Matthew 17:14-20 pp Mark 9:14-29 pp Luke 9:37-42

Examples of notable prayers of intercession

2 Kings 19:14-19 pp Isaiah 37:14-20 Hezekiah for deliverance; Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra for a safe journey; Daniel 9:1-19 Daniel for Jerusalem; John 17:6-26 Jesus Christ for his disciples

Paul for the believers in Ephesus:

Ephesians 1:15-21; Ephesians 3:14-21 Colossians 1:9-13 Paul for the believers in Colosse

See also

2306  Christ, high priest
2360  Christ, prayers of
3221  Holy Spirit & prayer
6655  forgiveness, application
8658  Lord's Prayer

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