What Should We Pray For?
Prayer is like a wartime walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom, and praying as the New Testament does is a safe and powerful way to pray. “Our prayers need a jolt out of the rut they have fallen into from time to time.”
Pray that God would exalt his name in the world.
“Then pray as this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,'” Jesus says (Matthew 6:9).
Pray that God would extend his kingdom in the world.
“Pray for us, brothers,” 2 Thessalonians 3:1 says, “that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as it was among you.” “Pray also that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10 says.
Pray for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
“How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” says Jesus (Luke 11:13; cf. Ephesians 3:19) if you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children.
Pray that God would vindicate his people in their cause.
“And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night?” Jesus says in Luke 18:7 RSV.
Pray that God would direct the use of the sword.
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and pray at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication, for God’s Kingdom on earth and Christ Jesus, according to Ephesians 6:17u201318.
Pray for boldness in proclamation.
“Pray that God’s word may be heard in me, and that I may boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” says Ephesians 6:18u201319. “And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to your servants to continue speaking your word with all boldness,” says Acts 4:29.
Pray for signs and wonders.
“It did not rain on the earth for three years and six months” (Acts 4:29u201330). Elijah, a man like us, prayed fervently that it would not rain, then prayed again, and heaven sent rain.
Pray for the healing of wounded comrades.
Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the Lord will save the sick person and raise him up, according to James 5:14-15.
Pray for the healing of unbelievers.
Paul the Apostle went to Publius’ sick father, who was dying of fever and dysentery, and healed him by laying his hands on him (Acts 28:8).
Pray for the casting out of demons.
And he told them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything except prayer,” and he told them to pray for help in dealing with the evil that they had committed against the city of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Pray for miraculous deliverances.
After Jesus was released from prison, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John, whose other name was Mark, where Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening, when a great earthquake struck.
Pray for the raising of the dead.
Tabitha sat up and asked Peter, “Who is this man?” Acts 9:40 – When Tabitha opened her eyes and saw Peter, she sat up and asked, “Who is this man?”
Pray that God would supply his troops with necessities.
“Give us this day our daily bread,” Jesus said (Matthew 6:11).
Pray for strategic wisdom.
If any of you lack wisdom, ask God, who generously gives to all without reproach, and it will be given to you.
Pray that God would establish leadership in the outposts.
They laid their hands on them and sent them off after fasting and praying. “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers,” Matthew 9:38 says.
Pray for the success of other missionaries.
Romans 15:30u201331: I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the love of the Spirit, to join me in praying to God on my behalf, and Paul also asks that he be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that his service for Jerusalem be acceptable to the saints.
Pray for unity and harmony in the ranks.
“I do not ask for these things,” Jesus says, “but for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you.”
Pray for the encouragement of togetherness.
Night and day, we pray earnestly that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in faith (1 Thessalonians 3:10).
What does God want us to pray for?
We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to encounter God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him; according to Ephesians 6:18, God desires for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
What can I pray for?
40 Things to Be Thankful For
- Growth in the Fruit of the Spirit.
- Courage and boldness in Christ.
- Spiritual growth of your spouse.
- To be a good, faithful marriage partner.
- A Christ-centered marriage.
- To hear God clearly.
What do I pray for today?
Father in heaven, I come before You today in Your omnipotent presence to ask for strength. I want You to give me the strength to power through all of the tasks I have today u2014 big and small. It is by Your will that I live, and I know it is also by Your will that I will not be weak today.
How does God say we should pray?
Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who created us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Do we pray to God or Jesus?
We don’t go wrong when we pray directly to God the Father, because He is our Creator and the one we should worship, and we have direct access to God through Jesus.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do you ask God for something you really want?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How do I pray to God for a miracle?
Repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer” to help you focus: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me, and I forgive all others for what they have done against me in Thy Name.”
What is a good prayer to say before bed?
Dear God, as I lay down to sleep, relieve my body’s tension; calm my mind’s restlessness; still my worrying and perplexing thoughts; and help me to rest myself and all my problems in your strong and loving arms.
What is the most famous prayer?
The “Lord’s Prayer” is the most popular Christian prayer, and it is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, according to the gospel accounts (e.g. Matthew 6:9-13).
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.
How do you talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
Does God command us to pray?
u201cThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.u201d As you can see, the Bible commands us to pray and tells us what it accomplishes, so take advantage of this wonderful gift known as prayer.