I heard a preacher once say, “The average Christian prays about three minutes each day, and the average pastor prays about five minutes a day.” I don’t know how accurate that is, but it does reveal the lack of prayer in the lives of many Christians. Here are a few statistics about prayer I’d like to share with you from pewresearch.org:
- 55% of Americans say they pray everyday
- 21% of Americans claim to pray weekly or monthly
- 23% of Americans say they seldom or never pray
- 64% of American women claim to pray daily
- 46% of American men say they pray daily
- 65% of Americans aged 65 and older claim to pray daily
- 41% of Americans adults under 30 claim to pray daily
Throughout the New Testament we observe many prayers of the early church. In Philippians Paul prays specifically for the believers in Philippi. Prayer will become dynamic when it is specific. I’d like to share with you five prayers we can pray for other believers based upon Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:3-11.
Pray for believers with thanksgiving in your hearts (Phil. 1:3-8). It is very important to spend time thanking God for fellow believers. Take time to thank God for how He has used other people to encourage your Christian walk.
Pray for believers’ knowledge to be clothed with love (Phil. 1:9a). If somebody contained all the knowledge in the world, but did not demonstrate love then it would be in vain. Nobody likes to listen to Dr. KNOW IT ALL. Let’s pray for our fellow brothers and sisters to have knowledge clothed with love.
Pray for believers’ discernment to be clothed with love (Phil. 1:9b). One of the most discouraging aspects of modern Christianity is its willingness to neglect discernment. Today, Christians are either full of hateful discernment, or full of love without discernment. Christians need to have compassionate discernment. Take time to pray for other believers to have love in their discernment.
Pray for believers to sincerely test truth from error (Phil. 1:10). The Bible is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It reveals error and summons every follower of Christ to test all things. Pray that your fellow comrades in the faith will test truth from error by the Holy Scriptures.
Pray for believers to be full of the fruits of righteousness (Phil. 1:11). An unholy Christian is a contradiction. Many people within modern Christianity claim to be saved, but their actions declare otherwise. Righteous living is missing in the lives of many Christians. Pray for other believers to live righteously according to God’s Word.
Philippians 1:9-11 says, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”