If the Lord has been impressing upon you to spend dedicated time with Him in prayer interceding (praying on behalf of another), consider that you are in the good company of Jesus, who is right now at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (Romans 8:34). He lives to intercede (Hebrews 7:25).
We get to partner with Him and there are different ways we can go about it. If you’re local to Columbus, of course, one excellent way is to come into the Harvest House of Prayer, a space dedicated to the worship and petitioning of the Lord on behalf of individuals, communities, the nation, and the world.
Here are four tools to establish praying on behalf of others in your life:
Purposely listen for the opportunities to pray. The needs are all around you. You can pray right then and also lift up the requests to Him in time you set apart.
You can also inquire of those around you, sharing with them that you’re heading into a time of prayer and would like to know how to pray on their behalf.
The Bible is rich with what God has to say about the call to prayer. Consider doing a topical study of intercession in the Bible.
There are a multitude of resources available to help you establish a rhythm for praying on behalf of others, including daily prayer guides and how to pray the Word. You can also easily locate prayer communities/groups to join.
Utilizing these tools will help you to get beyond the struggle of articulating your prayers and provide guidance. There is a beautiful grace upon you as you start a life of prayer, just keep going and growing!
My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!