Praying on behalf of others is one of the most pious acts that a Christian can perform because these are completely selfless prayers. These types of prayers are called intercessory prayers and they have a long and illustrious history in the Christian tradition. A prayer request is another form of intercessory prayer. Abraham prayed to God on behalf of the people in the city of Sodom and Gomorra (Genesis 18:15). He “stood before the Lord and interceded on behalf of a wicked city where dear ones lived…” and Job prayed for the “friends” that publicly judged him (Job Chapter 16:19-21). Jesus himself is the best example of an unselfish intercessor: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one” (John 17:20).

The first step in praying on behalf of others is to take love into your heart and focus your mind and heart on communing with God. Let go of all your worldly thoughts and beliefs and calm your breathing. The message of Jesus is one of love, salvation and caring for others as he has cared for us. When you are praying for others or requesting a prayer on behalf of someone else, you are directly and spiritually connected to God. This is a very special thing; reflect on it as often and for as long as you need to in order to really feel the connection and power of Christian prayer within your soul. Most of us live very busy and hectic lives, so it’s important to give yourself space and time to let the meaning of your prayer resonate. This aspect of prayer is as important as the words of the actual prayer itself.

The structure of your prayer for another can take a variety of forms. You can learn a traditional prayer, use your own words or you can request a prayer. Many people need help and guidance with their prayers, and this is a gift rather than a handicap that brings you closer to other Christians as they help you with your prayer.

The wonderful circle of praying on behalf of others will connect you to God, Christianity and all the people around you in ways you have never imagined. It is truly a beautiful gift.