We sometimes pray for other people. Our spouse, children, grand-children, other relatives and friends. We pray for good health, a happy life, a good job and marriage, and many other good things we wish for the people we love.
But then ... God knows the needs of these people. It is good that we pray for them. It shows a generosity of spirit on our part and a love for others.
Would it not be far better to pray for something that is also God's wish for these people?
This way our prayers and God's wish would be in tune; and it would be perhaps more likely that our prayers may be answered.
God's wish is that everyone of us should get to know and experience His love. But He has given us free will. It is our choice whether we respond to His love or not. To experience it or not.
So let us pray that everyone we love and care for should get to know the Lord and to experience His love.
Some may have gone astray, like the lost sheep. Others perhaps not. But our prayers that they may focus their lives on the Lord our Saviour would be the greatest gift we could possibly give them.