When I pray for others, I look beyond the challenges they face and focus instead on the truth of their being.
I resonate with this, and when I read it this morning, I thought, "Yes, that's the way to pray." And it is, but if that becomes my main/only guide, then I will lose some of the compassion that is part of the prayer that one human being offers to another, especially someone we know well.
I pray for friends who need specific help and relief. I can pray Thy will be done, and I will. But I'm also going to pray, Hey God, help them out of this terrible situation.