Pray for Me

The Power in Praying for Others

Kenneth H. Carter Jr. • February 2012

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"Pray for me," someone says to you. How seriously do you take such a request? Ken Carter, a pastor for nearly 30 years, says that he has learned to honor the request "Pray for me" as a cry for help. "It is an acknowledgment that we are limited and finite creatures. It is a trust placed in a higher power," he comments. "It is always prompted by a situation that would not be desired, yet it is always an occasion for the grace of God." Carter compares a person in need — whether it's because of illness, grief, a broken relationship, a job loss, or a spiritual crisis — to someone holding a bucket that is full. The bucket is filled with emotion, grief, confusion, and disappointment. An intercessor comes alongside the person in need, holding an empty bucket. The person in need pours out his or her concerns into the intercessor's empty bucket. The intercessor then receives that person's agenda as a calling from God to pray for him or her. In "Pray for Me" Carter lays a scriptural foundation for intercessory prayer and introduces you to this powerful and life-changing ministry. Interspersed through the 6 chapters are brief, practical exercises that lead you to pray for others in various situations. If you've ever felt a burden to pray for others but didn't know where to start, this book is a must-read. Individuals, small groups, and congregations who want to grow in their ministry of intercessory prayer will benefit from reading this book.

Categories: Prayer
Ken Carter is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 800 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries, and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost 30 years in Western North Carolina, 29 as a local church pastor. Bishop Carter also serves as the president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church, and he was one of three moderators of A Way Forward, the commission authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality. He is author of 10 books, most recently Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church (with Audrey Warren; Abingdon Press, 2017) and Embracing The Wideness: The Shared Convictions of United Methodists (Abingdon Press, 2018). Bishop Carter and his wife, Pam, have been married for more than 37 years. Pam is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and is volunteer coordinator in disaster recovery for the Florida Conference. They are blessed with two adult daughters: Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD student at UCLA. and Abby is on the staff of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee. Abby and her husband Allen are parents of Paige, the bishop’s granddaughter. Bishop Carter’s hobbies and interests include baseball (MLB and spring training), Duke basketball, hiking, Florida seafood, North Carolina barbecue, travel, reading, and roots music.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1090-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1098-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1130-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20120201

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

BISAC1: REL012080



One of the most significant acts of Christian ministry is intercessory prayer. To intercede for the world and its pain, to lift up sisters and brothers in prayer, is a high and holy ministry. We could have no better guide in this endeavor than master pastor Ken Carter. In this wonderful book Ken gives us the theological rationale for intercession along with practical guidance in the great adventure of speaking to and listening for a living God. —Will Willimon Bishop (retired), North Alabama Conference, The United Methodist Church Another book on prayer? Yes, and I celebrate its uniqueness. This is an excellent book on intercession, but it’s more. It flows out of a pastoral heart and a well-trained biblical/theological mind. Ken Carter offers a guide to the whole of Christian believing and living. If you could see all the “Amens” I wrote on the manuscript pages, you would know how heartily I commend it. —Maxie Dunnam President Emeritus, Asbury Theological Seminary