21 Bible Verses You Can Pray for Family and Friends

Exploring a side-canyon in the Joint, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Exploring a side canyon in the Joint, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

I went online this morning to do a quick Google search for prayers in the Bible that I could pray over friends and family.  I was very surprised – and unhappy – to find almost no blog posts on scriptures to pray for others.  So here’s a partial list – you can change the tense or person (you to he/she, etc.) to fit your prayer.  Please feel free to post your favorites in the comments!

Cliffs downstream of Artist Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Cliffs downstream of Artist Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

May God give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4

We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.  We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

A colorful petrified log in the Crystal Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
A colorful petrified log in the Crystal Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:14-15

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19a

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

O satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…  May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:14, 17

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

A floppy peony in Highland Park during the Lilac Festival, Rochester, New York
A floppy peony in Highland Park during the Lilac Festival, Rochester, New York

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law. Psalm 119:18

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 28

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12

Wild Horse Butte from the Caramel Canyon Trail, Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Wild Horse Butte from the Caramel Canyon Trail, Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20–21

Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! 1 Samuel 25:6

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:4-5

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

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