As a pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church I get lots of requests, and the most often given one is, “Pastor would you pray for me?” And when I say “yes,” they give me details of some issue, trial, or problem they are facing.
I pray for every person who attends Jefferson Baptist Church every week. I have a prayer app for my IPad that works great. I can put unlimited information under each person’s name and I can add a picture with their name. Having the picture is a super help in learning people’s name who are new. It takes me about one hour each day to keep up with this commitment, and as a Pastor wanting to make a difference in people’s lives, I believe that nothing that I do has as much power to change lives as praying for them does. In John 17:9 Jesus declared that He prayed for the ones that God the Father had given Him, He had a special jurisdiction in their life. “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me;” I believe that God has given me that same power, that same authority with Him on behalf of those He has given to me.
According to the teaching in the New Testament I have been given authority from God to pray and
-ask that He protect you from the temptations of the devil.
-that He would show you His perfect will for your life.
-that you would have strength and power to bear up under trials and to accomplish a lot with your life.
-that your behavior would please the Lord.
-that God would stir up your heart to witness to lost people.
-that God would give you joy and peace in spite of trials.
-that God would give you His wisdom to know what to do and say in any situation you may find yourself in.
-that He would convict you greatly for sin.
-that He would make your relationships healthy and unified.
-and that you will seek the Lord diligently through the spiritual disciplines.