It is easy to get in a “rut” when we pray for friends and loved ones, merely rehearsing the same tired words every day. It can help to run the person, or the special request, through another “grid”, like a scripture (such as the Lord’s Prayer, see here) — or even a song, like “In Christ Alone.”
This modern-day hymn has become a favorite in churches world wide, and it is not hard to see why, as it reminds us of the love and strength we receive by grace in the gospel. But consider also how it may be personalized, and used to pray for a loved one. For example, if you were praying for your wife, daughter, grandchild, or another friend or loved one, you might pray:
“In Christ alone, may her hope be found;
May You be her light, her strength, her song.
Her cornerstone, her solid ground;
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
Be heights of love to her, and depths of peace,
Still her fears, make her striving cease.
Be her comforter, her all in all;
here in Your love, O Christ, may she stand.”
The important thing, as Jesus pointed out in Matthew 6, is to make sure that however we pray, our words do not merely become “meaningless repetitions”, but sincere requests from our heart to our Father in Heaven. Perhaps praying through this song, or another that God lays on your heart — or even singing through it for them in your prayer time — may help you do that for a loved one.