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
- That they would be a Spirit-filled servant. Eph. 3:14-16
- That they will grow in their knowledge and walk with the Lord. Eph. 1:16-19
- That God will protect them from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:1-3; Eph. 6:12-24
- That they will have discernment and continual love for others. Col. 1:9-11
- That their thoughts will be on Christ. Phil. 4:8
- That their prayer life will continue to grow. Col. 4:2; Eph. 6:18
Then we should pray for…
2. Their relationship to family
- That they might become the person described in Ephesians 5 and 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
- That they will teach and share God’s Word in a clear and effective manner. Col. 4:2,5
- That revival will take hold in their church. Ps. 85:6
- That they will be able to train and disciple others. 2 Tim. 2:2
- That they might experience continual growth. Phil. 2:1-6
- That God will give them opportunities to share Christ this week. Col. 4:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:15; 2 Cor. 5:17-20