Heritage Post: Jesse McElreath & Effective Praying for Others

Jesse McElreathWhen I was a young man and very young Christ-follower, I was blessed to be mentored by one of the elders of our church, Jesse McElreath.

During the time I knew him, Jesse’s teaching, both public and private, was extremely practical and down-to-earth.

No pie-in-the-sky with Jesse.

And he had this really cool way of putting everything into outlines. Action steps. Principles. Subject areas.

The way he taught didn’t just ring with relevant truth, but with genuine practical application. And it had a profound effect on everyone he taught.

One day he taught us some specific ways to pray for friends. We’d all been wondering how, exactly, we should best pray for people. What we should pray for. What our objectives should be.

This, word for word, is the answer Jesse gave us.

Later, when I learned how to pray scripture, this outline and these verses provided a powerful foundation for personal intercession.

(I can’t help but wonder, as I type this out and hyperlink the references, how Jesse would have utilized the internet and blogging if they’d been available to him then!)

To begin with, we should pray for…

1. Their relationship to God

Then we should pray for…

2. Their relationship to family

  • That they might become the person described in Ephesians 5 and 6:

A godly husband. Eph. 5:25-33 (see 1 Pet. 3:7)

A godly wife. Eph. 5:22-24 (see 1 Pet. 3:1-6)

A godly son or daughter. Eph. 6:1-3

A godly parent. Eph. 6:4

A godly employee. Eph. 6:5-8

A godly boss. Eph. 6:9

  • That they might walk in the ways of the Lord. Ps. 78:5-7
  • That they might have quality time with family. Deut. 6:6-10

Finally, we should pray for…

3. Their relationship to ministry


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