Here is one of Paul's magnificent prayers. It is a model of how believers can pray for one another. We will examine the prayer in more detail over the next few days. Here, Paul tells us that as he considered all that he was able to reveal to these believers he was driven to his knees to pray to his Heavenly Father on behalf of these believers. He was awestruck with God's plan and he realized how important every believer was to God. He was led by the Spirit to pray specifically for the spiritual needs of his readers. These needs would speak of the inner working of the Spirit on each life. Paul experienced this himself and he could understand how important it was that other believers could enjoy these same experiences as well.
This leads to a thought which I trust God will use to encourage you in your prayer life. As you have the joy of walking with the Lord and you learn valuable lessons that enrich your life wouldn't it be only natural that you would want other believers to be blessed in similar manner? Wouldn't that provide for you some of the best ways to pray for others? This is why when I pray for the sick, as an example, I don't necessarily pray immediately for their healing. I find myself praying that God will work His plans out in their lives and teach them the lessons from their illness or injury much as He did in my life. God's blessings on me serve as requests for my brothers and sisters in Christ.