If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same-Luke 6:32&33 ESV
Just who should we be praying for? If you ask a group of children this question you would probably receive the typical answers of my mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. While those answers are very notable the correct answer is we should be praying for all.
Jesus confirmed that we should indeed pray for everyone when He sent up the ultimate prayer while nailed to the cross (Luke 23:34 TM). Not only did Jesus have to endure the pain of having nails driven through His flesh but He was also subject to insults (v 35) and spit(Matthew 26:67 NIV), yet still found it necessary to pray for the angry mob that had gathered to witness His death. Now if that doesn't demonstrate that we need to pray for everyone, then I donít know what does.
In Ephesians 6:18 TM the Bible tells us that prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare, therefore we should pray hard and long; having said that pray also for your brothers and sisters. Besides, thatís what Jesus would do and isn't being more like Him our goal?
Prayer, simple words transforming us along with others into His likeness!