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I would say that you would pray for the health of a non-believer in the same manner in which you would pray for a believer. Jesus instructed His followers to pray for their enemies (Matthew 5:44-48). While a non-believer may not necessarily be an enemy, loving even an enemy does not require "liking" them, agreeing with them, believing them to be better than they are, or seeing their deeds as righteous if they are not. (Jesus demonstrated love of one's enemies by praying for the forgiveness of those responsible for His crucifixion (Luke 23:34).) As Jesus reminded His followers, God sends His blessings on both the just and the unjust, and if Christians love only those who love them (such as fellow Christians), they are doing nothing more than even the worst sinners or non-believers do. If we are commanded to love our enemies, it should be even easier to love and intercede with God for the health of non-believers (including those whom we may know or like), that they may be brought to a knowledge of the truth, and that God would either mercifully restore them to health so that they might have both a witness of God's healing power and an ongoing opportunity to repent and believe; or else use their ill health to bring them to a realization of their need for God and the salvation that He offers in Christ.
In my short and to the point style of an answer is this: I would suggest praying in the manner and intent that is the same as you--as a Child of God--would earnestly pray to our Heavenly Father for and on behalf of anyone else; whether you know of their being saved or not saved! We, as Christians, are called "to pray for our fellow man"; "to go ye into all the world, proclaiming the Gospel ("The Good News") of Jesus Christ". In the process and purpose of this outreach to any and all others, we are to pray for the sick, the afflicted, the downtrodden, the one in need, the bereaved due to a lost loved one, the widow and our neighbors and of course, the lost! (James 5:14, 1Timothy 2:8 and Mark 1 and Matthew 10:8).
And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw fishermen who were fishing and mending their nets Peter, Andrew,James and John. Jesus said to them follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Jesus knew that their knowledge of fishing would be needed in his ministry. The same technique that's used in fishing Jesus used to gather great multitudes to follow him. Jesus chose to use healing as a bait. Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people, And his frame went throughout all Syria. Matthew 4:23,24 After being healed people followed Jesus up into a mountain, and he taught them. Christians who believe in the power that Jesus Christ have given through his death, blood, and resurrection to go lay hands on the sick. And when they recover teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Doing this will cause the unbeliever to believe in the power of God. We are followers of God, therefore we minister the same way by using healing to bait the unbelieving in then teach them about the kingdom of God.
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