5 Things to Pray for the People you Love ebook

Prayers that change things for your friends and family

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Transform your prayer life with fresh prayer ideas for your friends and family, all taken from the Bible.

Part of the 5 Things series.

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Brilliantly simple but effective
“A brilliantly simple but hugely effective means of stimulating your prayer life for church, mission, family and friends.”
Trevor Archer
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We love our friends and family, and we long for God to be working in their lives. But when it comes to praying for them, often we don't quite know what to ask for. Or our requests to God on their behalf feel shallow, repetitive and stuck in a rut.

That's where this little book is designed to help. It will equip you to pray powerful prayers for the people you love—prayers that really change things, because they're based on God's word.

Each spread takes a passage of Scripture and suggests 5 things to pray for a person in your life. Because when we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.

Use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time, or pick it up whenever someone you know is in particular need of prayer.

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  • Praying for the people in your life
  • 1. A Christian parent
  • 2. A wife
  • 3. A husband
  • 4. A baby
  • 5. A school-aged child
  • 6. A teenager
  • 7. An elderly relative
  • 8. A neighbor
  • 9. My colleagues
  • 10. A non-Christian friend
  • 11. A Christian friend
  • Praying through life's ups and downs
  • 12. A Christian going through a hard time
  • 13. A Christian who is sick
  • 14. A Christian struggling with sin
  • 15. A loved one making a decision
  • 16. A loved one changing jobs or location
  • 17. Praying when someone you love has died trusting in Christ
  • 18. Praying when someone you love has died not trusting in Christ
  • Seasonal prayers
  • 19. A loved one on their birthday
  • 20. A loved one at Christmas
  • 21. A loved one at Easter time

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Contributors Rachel Jones
ISBN 9781784980658
Format eBook
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

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This popular series is designed to boost your prayer life by giving you fresh ideas of what to pray for. Each chapter takes a passage of Scripture and looks at how it can influence how we pray for a specific issue. Be excited by how our prayers really can change things when they are based on God’s word.


Tim Chester

Pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and author of You Can Pray (IVP)

The Puritan William Gurnall once said: ‘Prayer is nothing but the promise reversed or God’s word turned inside out and formed into an argument and retorted back again upon God by faith.’ It sounds great. But what does it look like in practice? 5 Things to Pray for the People You Love and 5 Things to Pray for Your Church answer that question. They’ll walk you through using God’s word in prayer. And praying God’s word is my number one tip to help people invigorate their prayer life. So read these books and invigorate your prayers.

Trevor Archer

FIEC Training Director

Five Things is a brilliantly simple but hugely effective means of stimulating your prayer life for church, mission, family and friends. Accessible and attractive, with lots of Scripture to focus prayer, it will be a great tool for churches to help members to pray regularly and creatively

John Hindley

Pastor of BroadGrace church Norfolk, and author of Serving Without Sinking and You Can Really Grow

I recommend this series to you on basis of the simple fact that they moved me to pray. They both showed me ways to pray for my church and my loved ones and they kindled in my heart a <em>want<em> to pray. These are simple books, with the modest and eternally profound aim to show how the Bible informs our prayers. Rachel Jones manages the difficult work in withdrawing from the picture and leaving the reader to see how simple it is to align our prayers with the will of our listening Father. These books could well be a cause of great blessing for your church and people you love.

Customer reviews


“Genuine help for praying people”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People You Love')

A great resource for those wanting to grow in prayer for those they know and love. Relatively small in size but not in substance. The attractive clear formatting makes it a pleasure to use. A very helpful and thoroughly Scriptural resource.



(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People You Love')

Brilliant little book, good content and well designed, I’ve started using it right away.


“Helpful but disempowering of women”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People You Love')

It is helpful in that it gives ideas of different things to pray for different people which can help with your prayer life however I find the prayer ideas for wives and husbands very dated and disrespectful. Ideas of prayers for wives include 'strong marriage', 'wise speech' and a 'blessed family life'. Why should we just pray for wives to have a strong marriage and family life and not husbands?! The verses taken for inspiration all mention women or wives however the same cannot be said for the verses that are inspiration for husbands suggesting that somehow only the parts of the bible that are directed towards women are relevant to women. Overall a nice idea but unfortunately perpetuates unhelpful ideas.


“Love this resource”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People you Love')

So often I find it hard to stay focussed in my prayer life, and I end up just praying circumstantial things for others and myself. This series has really helped me pray big biblical prayers.


“Straight to the point”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People you Love')

I love all these prayer books and am able to get down to business with God straight away as these books give such brilliant ideas of what to focus on.


“Excellent resource”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People you Love')

Highly recommend this book. Very practical and applied, encourages praying for the church based on the promises and teaching of God.



(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for the People you Love')

A useful book for oneself or to give to praying friends. Gives helpful points and reminders of how to pray creatively in a variety of situations especially when details are not known.


“Praying the Bible”

The only problem with this book is that it wasn't written years ago. In over forty years as a parish minister I have met many Christians struggling with their prayer live and I wish that this book, and its companion title, had been available then. There are two great strengths in Rachel Jones' approach. The first is that she gets us praying. Praying teaches lessons about prayer which can never be learned by reading about it. The second is that it turns us to Scripture. "All things necessary for God's glory and our salvation, faith and life" are found in Scripture and Rachel directs us to what God teaches us about prayer. This is praying God's will.

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