Praying for other people

Greg Swallow
1 min readJul 12, 2022


In tonight’s NFAD meeting, my friend Doug reached his time to speak, and he told a story of one of his sponsees* asking him: “I’ve been praying for this person who’s been pissing me off for the past couple of weeks but it’s still not changing him.”

Doug said, “perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place. Yes, you’re supposed to pay for the person that you think needs guidance but you have as much control over how God works through that person as you have control over that person’s actions, directly. How do YOU feel after praying for that person?”

The topic of the meeting was humility.

I can’t pray for God to help another person do things “the right way” because God isn’t my task rabbit. I *can* pray for God to help another person find God’s way, or at least I think I can, but I’m definitely not being humble if I can’t accept the results.

*Apparently “sponsee” is not a word.