Every need can become the object of petition; think of petitions as what you yourself need from God. Since we are talking in the context of praying for others, you can pray prayers of petition like:
If you are setting aside specific time to pray for others, I highly recommend starting out with petitions such as these to align yourself to the Father's will, especially if you will be doing a neighborhood prayer walk.
Think of intercession as what you can pray for others, and for groups of people. Some examples of intercessory prayer, when praying for other, may be:
It is good to remember from 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Our battle is first a spiritual one. Through Baptism we have been made children of God. Yes, we can pray for physical needs, but don’t neglect the spiritual needs. We all have them. You may be the only one who has prayed for that person today. Pray for them so that Christ is victorious, and the devil defeated, in their life.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." You can offer prayers of thanksgiving for others such as:
If you are walking around your neighborhood, give thanks for all around you. God has put them in your local 'garden'. If they are feeling more like a 'curse' than a blessing, thank the Lord that you have the opportunity to pray for them. It can be hard, but remember, God loves them and desires they be saved too.
The closer you draw to God, the more your heart will want to sing out in praise for Who God is, for HIs gift of love freely shared with all, and His wondrous deeds.
It is a good habit to build to incorporate praise into a prayer time. It takes our eyes off ourselves and puts them on the Lord. If our eyes are fixed on Him in praise, all things will fall into their proper order.
The short answer is "no". Offer your prayers in love and humility, and whether they are spontaneous, or the Lord's Prayer, or one of the Psalms, God will know it is genuine. You may be walking around the neighborhood, and be inspired to pray for a person leaving their house, or walking their dog, and decide based on their age, or sex, or activity, to pray in a specific way.
God is eternal, and sees everything all at once. While we cannot pray that God change what has already occurred in the past (for example, someone dying), we CAN pray that, in the example of someone dying, that at their moment of death they received willingly all the grace and mercy that God had for them, and they died in friendship with Him. God is not limited by our being in time.
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