21 Spiritual Things to Pray for Other Christians

I can easily think of concrete, physical things to pray for the people in my life. Things like physical healing, a needed job, and help in school. But how often do we pray for spiritual things?

We Christians often spend far more time praying for issues that are fleeting and temporary and far less time praying about things that are eternal. Why is that?

I believe one of the biggest reasons is that we simply don’t know how to pray this way or what to pray for. At least that’s been my top reason. So, a couple of years ago I scoured Scripture looking for ways I could pray for others that would have eternal, lasting impact.

The list below is just a sampling from Scripture, but it’s a great start! I’ve also provided a pdf version (21 Spiritual Things to Pray for Other Christians )you can print and keep in your Bible or journal. I would also love to hear what spiritual things you pray for others.

  1. Thank God for them – Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Philippians 1:3
  2. God’s mercy – 1 Timothy 1:2
  3. Protection from evil people – Romans 15:31, 2 Thessalonians 3:2
  4. Protection from Satan – John 17:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  5. Opportunity to witness – Colossians 4:3
  6. Courage in witnessing – Ephesians 6:19-20
  7. Right words and clarity in witnessing – Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 4:4
  8. Spiritual strength/growth – 2 Corinthians 13:7-9, Colossians 1:11, 2 Thessalonians 2:17
  9. Increased love & unity – John 17:21, Philippians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 3:12
  10. Better understanding of God’s love – Ephesians 3:17-19, 2 Thessalonians 3:5
  11. Joy, peace, comfort, and encouragement – Colossians 1:11, 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 2:16-17
  12. To know God better – Colossians 1:10, Ephesians 1:17
  13. Increased spiritual wisdom & discernment – Ephesians 1:17, Philippians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:9
  14. Knowledge and understanding of God’s will for their life – Colossians 1:9
  15. To be holy, pure, and blameless – John 17:17, Philippians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:23
  16. To live a life that pleases God and honors Him – Colossians 1:10
  17. To obediently follow God’s will – Colossians 4:12
  18. To grow in righteousness and Christ-like character – Philippians 1:11
  19. Live a life of good works that produces spiritual fruit – Colossians 1:10
  20. Full understanding of their eternal inheritance – Ephesians 1:18
  21. Stand firm in God’s truth – Ephesians 4:15

Let’s share! What Scriptures or spiritual prayers do you lift up for others?


Kathy Howard
Kathy Howard calls herself a “confused southerner.” Raised in Louisiana, she has moved with her engineer husband around the U.S. and Canada. She says “pop” instead of “Coke” and “you guys” as often as “ya’ll.” But those things are just superficial – she’s still a southern girl at heart! Kathy and her husband have three children, two son-in-laws, and one precious grandbaby. When the family gets together there are also four dogs in the mix. Kathy helps women live an unshakeable faith through her Bible teaching and writing. She encourages them to stand firm on our rock-solid God no matter the circumstances of life. Find out about her books and speaking ministry and get discipleship tools and leader helps at her website: www.kathyhoward.org.
Kathy Howard


  1. Such valuable wisdom, Kathy. I love the list of ideas for how to take our prayers to a place where the impact is deep and long lasting.

  2. Kathy, thank you for compiling this list of Scripture and topics! These are so beneficial for us to pray for others and ourselves.

  3. That others may grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18


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