First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of all men – 1 Timothy 2:1.
In Exodus 32, Moses interceded for the children of Israel so that the wrath of God would not destroy them. After the children of Israel were taken out of the land of slavery by God, they did not necessarily live lives manifesting their gratefulness to God for their freedom. They lived a life of murmuring, complaining and in them there was no fear of God. Seeing this, God was angry and wanted to destroy them. Being the kind of person Moses was, he felt the need to intercede on their behalf so that the wrath of God did not fall on them. After he had prayed, God overlooked the sins of the children of Israel and withheld His anger against them. It’s a stirring example that depicts how sincere prayer can change situations.
There are times when you may find yourself being led to pray for God to be merciful to a person, or to continue working with them and making the changes in them that are needed. If such a time comes to you, do not quench the Holy Spirit. As Jesus told His disciples at Gethsemane, we can “watch and pray” (Matthew 21:41). We have the opportunity to pray for one another. God allows us to discern people’s needs in order to be part of the answer. More often than not, when a person is going through hard times, it’s hard for them to pray themselves out of their situation. That is where we come in, to intercede on behalf of others for the sake of their freedom. We do not have to say much or do much but just pray. Remember we are not the potter. God is, and we certainly don’t know how to “fix” people. We cannot change people, but we can pray and watch Him work. It is as simple as that.
More often than not, when a person is going through hard times, it’s hard for them to pray themselves out of their situation