4-19-16, during the Tuesday prayer session, Pas. Dan told us of how to pray for someone if we just don't know what to pray for. He said to pray for them like Paul prayed for those in Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae.
Using Eph 1:17-19; Phil 1:9-11; and Col 1:9-11, if Pastor was praying for Bob it might sound something like this:
"God give unto Bob the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Yourself, the eyes of his understanding being enlightened; that he may know what is the hope of Your calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power to him, according to the working of Your mighty power (Eph 1:17-19). And this I pray, that his love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that he may approve things that are excellent, that he may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of Yourself (Phil 1:9-11). I also pray for him, desiring that he might be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that he might walk worthy of You, Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowldeg of You, strengthened with all might, according to Your glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (Col 1:9-11)."
Pick a Christian to to pray for and insert their name for "Bob." If they are female, change "him" to "her" and see if you don't sense the ear of God listening to you. God wants to hear prayers like this.
in Your omnificence..... You have created all things,
(including all these people we pray for);
in Your omnipresence.. You are already with all of these people;
in Your omniscience..... You know all of their needs;
and in Your omnipotence.... You can meet all of their needs.
So Lord, in recognizing these four (of your many) perfect attributes,
I call on You to exercise (or be exercising) the last three of these attributes
in Your perfect timing, in Your perfect way, for their good, and for Your glory.
In Jesus name I pray, amen.”
One of Pas. Dan's favorite prayers:
"Help! Thanks." (This is prayed several times throughout the day.)