I'm praying for a dear friend today.
It can be daunting, do you find that? Not that my friend is a burden—never that—but I want my prayers to be as effective as possible in a situation that seems desperate. That's when I turn to praying scriptures.
My favorite is Psalm 23. Yes, the one commonly used at funerals is really for the living. Not only is it simple to use this chapter as a prayer template, but I believe it's powerful as well. If you're not used to praying the scriptures, here's an example, using Psalm 23.
Lord, you're Lori's* shepherd, she shall not be in want.
Make her lie down in green pastures.
Lead her beside still waters.
Restore her soul.
Lead Lori in paths of righteousness for Your own name's sake.
She's walking through the valley of the shadow of death,
but let her fear no evil, for You are with her.
May Your rod and Your staff comfort her.
You've prepared a table for Lori in the presence of her enemies.
Anoint her head with oil, Father, and let her cup run over!
Surely goodness and mercy will follow her all the days of her life,
and Lori will dwell Your house forever.
More scriptures to pray for others, or for yourself, here, here, and here. And check out this excellent article about praying the scriptures.
It's magnolia time in Kentucky.
And this best nest is ready for its occupants to return.
*not her name