Praying for Someone Who is Making Bad Choices
It is so hard to watch people make choices that you know are leading to self-destruction. Emotions stir and range from anger, to a need to fix it, to feelings of helplessness. Prayer is always an option, but….
But sometimes my brain is so full, so tired, that I can’t think of what to pray. And when I’m tired, or overwhelmed, the one who doesn’t want me to pray is there with discouraging thoughts like:
- so what does prayer do anyway? You’re just saying words you know.
- nothing, I can’t think of one thing to say that seems like it would help
- I cant’ do anything to help here
Oh, but those are lies. Lies I sometimes fall for (do you?). But God is quick to remind me that His Word has power. His Word is His will and when I pray in agreement with His Word, my prayers have power in the spiritual realm.
It’s about my focus. When I focus on what I can do, I either make a mess or get discouraged and quit. But, when I focus on GOD, I have hope. Jennifer Kennedy Dean writes, “But if we understand that every thought and intention in the mind of God is good and righteous, then we will enthusiastically cooperate with Him, praying His power and provision onto the earth. Prayer does not change God, but prayer does change the circumstances of earth.”
So if you, like me, want to intervene (intercede) for someone who is making self-destructive, sabotaging decisions – here are prayers written straight from God’s word (His thoughts and intentions). Thanks to my praying friend, Sundi Jo, for sharing these with me and you.
Father,_______ is walking in the dark and we pray that ______ trusts in the name of the Lord and relies on his/her God. (Isaiah 50:10).
You tell us to call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding. Show ____ truth Father. (Proverbs 2:3)
May _____ trust in the Lord with all his/her heart and lean not on his/her own understanding. In all his/her ways may he/she acknowledge You, and You will make her paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Every word from you proves true. You are a shield to all who come to you for protection. I pray that _______ believes that and comes to you. (Proverbs 30:5)
May ________ turn his/her ears to you. Come quickly Father to rescue _______. Be ______ rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save _______. (Psalm 31:2)
There is no discipline that seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Let ________ see through your love and discipline that it will later produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. (Hebrews 12:11)
Do not withhold your mercy from _____, O Lord; may your love and truth always protect _____. (Psalm 40:11)
Father, you reveal deep and hidden things, just as you did to Daniel. You know what lies in the darkness. Reveal the darkness to _______ and bring it to light. (Daniel 2:22)
Lift _______ out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; set ________ feet on a rock and give ______ a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2)
These are just a few of the prayers that we can pray. Do you have a specific verse you pray for people who seem to be running into fire? Do you have an account of God’s amazing intervention to share?
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.