I recently had a few days for personal retreat and wanted to pray for some friends during that time. I asked, and they each sent me their specific requests. Still, I found it hard to just sit and pray for all of them in the focused way that I wanted.
I turned to the Psalms, specifically I turned to the Psalms as they are sung by Kiran Wimberly Young and the McGrath’s on their Celtic Psalms albums. I let the album just play. With each new song I prayed for a different request as it felt fitting. I trusted the prayers of the Psalmists to also be the prayers that I needed to offer for my friends. This gave me four or five focused moments of prayer for each request; I didn’t feel distracted; and I felt deeply connected to the Holy Spirit and to my friends.
You could try this prayer practice with any kind of music that stirs your soul, but I highly recommend the Celtic Psalms albums.
And, while I know prayer isn’t mostly about “results,” I was thrilled to learn that my friends felt supported and in some cases saw their needs met in the best possible way. It was a joy to pray this way and has made my prayer life a little richer. I hope it might do the same for you.