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𝒬 183. For whom are we to pray?

𝒜. We are to pray for the whole church of Christ upon earth;1 for magistrates,2 and ministers;3 for ourselves,4 our brethren,5 yea, our enemies;6 and for all sorts of men living,7 or that shall live hereafter;8 but not for the dead,9 nor for those that are known to have sinned the sin unto death.10

  1. Ephesians 6:18

    praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

    Psalm 28:9

    Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
    Be their shepherd and carry them forever. (ESV)

  2. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

    2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (ESV)

  3. Colossians 4:3

    At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— (ESV)

  4. Genesis 32:11

    Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. (ESV)

  5. James 5:16

    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)

  6. Matthew 5:44

    But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (ESV)

  7. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

    2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (ESV)

  8. John 17:20

    “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

    2 Samuel 7:29

    Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” (ESV)

  9. 2 Samuel 12:21-23

    Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” (ESV)

  10. 1 John 5:16

    If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. (ESV)


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