Intercessory Prayer and Coaching
As such, it isn’t surprising that Intercessory Prayer is one of the essential behavioral expressions of a coach who is Abiding in Christ. Coaching is not only a time commitment and a professional commitment—it’s also a spiritual commitment made to those who are being coached. Coaches need to be intentional and explicit about praying for those they are coaching.
Intercessory prayer as a part of a coaching relationship can take many different forms. Some keep a list of people they are coaching in a place where they will see it regularly. Others send out emails soliciting specific prayer requests from clients. Some pray as a regular part of opening or closing a session. The best methods will differ for different people, but the best coaches find ways to pray for those they coach. That connection often manifests itself through prayerful contact: writing notes of encouragement, offering networking opportunities, providing open doors to places of ministry, etc.
When you are not sure what you should be praying for people, you can use Scripture passages as your prayer. Some good Scripture prayers include:
- Colossians 1:9–13
- Philippians 1:9–11
- Ephesians 1:15–20 and 3:16–19
If you are not praying for your clients during your coaching appointments, ask them how you can pray. Then pray with them during all of your appointments for the next 30 days. Afterward, assess the difference this practice makes in you and your clients. Ask how you can pray for your client, and pray for each during your coaching appointment.
Words that mean more
“If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others…. As priests, appointed and anointed by God, we have the honor of going before the Most High on behalf of others. This is not optional; it is a sacred obligation—and a precious privilege—of all who take up the yoke of Christ.” (Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, p. 191)
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