6. Paul prayed they would learn to abide in Christ

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Ephesians 3:17a)

“…that you…may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Pray that the people in your Small Group would place their trust fully in Christ and not look to anyone or anything else.

7. Paul prayed they would grow in their love for others

“…that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” (Ephesians 3:17b)

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more…” (Philippians 1:9a)

Praying that people will grow in their love for one another should be one of your most repeated prayers as a Small Group leader and one of the best things that you can pray over your group.

8. Paul prayed for their righteousness and purity

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

“…so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him…” (Colossians 1:10a)

“But we pray to God that you may not do wrong…” (2 Corinthians 13:7a)

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

All of us need to pray against temptation.

9. Paul prayed they would overflow with praise and thanks to God

“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:12)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…” (2 Corinthians 1:3)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 1:3)

 “For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12)

Praise to God is expressed out of the overflow and recognition that God is at work in people's lives. Pray that God would be moving and working in the lives of the people in your Small Group. Then coach them to praise and thank God for his work.

10. Paul prayed for opportunities to minister to them

“…as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?” (1 Thessalonians 3:9-10)

Pray that God would allow more opportunity to spend time together, for we are not guaranteed tomorrow!

Pray is powerful and following Paul's example of prayer for our groups can help sent a tone that can continue throughout the rest of the semester. But we must commit to pray and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).


Adopted from an article by Andrew Hess on Churchleaders.com https://churchleaders.com/daily-buzz/277022-10-powerful-prayers-the-apostle-paul-prayed-over-gods-people.html/2