The most important thing we do as spiritual leaders and followers of Jesus is pray. We pray prayers of praise and worship, prayers of dependence and prayers that are guided by the Holy Spirit. And we pray for those we lead. Paul constantly speaks of praying for those under his leadership and we have a ton to learn from him. Below you’ll find an attachment that lists all of Paul’s prayers to help guide you as you pray for those you lead. Before you dive into the list, here are a few key observations:
1. Pray constantly. Paul constantly speaks of constantly praying. Prayer is not merely a moment but an on-going conversation with God about those under his charge.
2. Pray with great affection. Paul prays because he loves those he leads. Repeatedly he speaks of his prayer of thanksgiving for them. He likes them and he is grateful for them – and he tells them and he tells God.
3. Pray for an experience of love and greater Christ-likeness. Paul seems to pray two things most consistently:  That they will know and experience the deep, wide, limitless love of Christ and  that they will grow in holiness and Christ-likeness.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for prayer. Paul often asks those he leads to pray for him!
Meditate upon these prayers and prayer requests and consider what you observe about Paul’s prayers. Then consider how you will make prayer for those you lead a priority. One thing I’m doing this month is placing each of his 14 prayers on individual cards and using a different one each day as my guide as I pray for those I lead