Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What should I pray for? What should I ask God?

The words “Pray”, “Prayer” and their forms are used at least 100 times in the New Testament. Almost every book of the New Testament mentions the topic of prayer. Jesus was recorded as praying frequently. Paul told the Thessalonians church to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).

Christians want to pray. They know they should pray. Many pray often, but yet feel like there is something lacking. Often prayers become a repetitive pattern because the person saying the prayer does not know what to pray for. This post will give insight into some items one should pray for.
  • Pray For Those Who Harm You
    • “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28).
  • Pray For Children
    • "Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them" (Matthew 19:13).
  • Pray to Overcome Temptation
    • "When He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation" (Luke 22:40).
  • Pray For More Harvesters
    • "And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Luke 10:2).
  • Pray that God will Provide Your Daily Needs
    • “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
  • Pray For Opportunities to Evangelize 
    • “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison” (Col. 4:3).
  • Pray for Wisdom
    • "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him". (James 1:5)
  • Pray for Earthly Leaders
    • "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
  • Pray to Get Through Hard Times
    • "Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray" (James 5:13).
  • Pray About God's Glory
    • “Pray, then, in this way ‘Our Father who is in heaven,  Hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9).
  • Pray Specifically for Your Fellow Christians
    • "Brothers, pray for us" (1 Thessalonians 5:25).
  • Pray that God will Forgive Penitent Sinners
    • "If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that" (1 John 5:16).
  • Pray that Christ will be Glorified Through You
    • "To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).
  • Pray for Healing
    • "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up" (James 5:14-15).
  • Pray to Be Delivered from Evil People
    • "Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith" (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).
  • Pray that God Will Forgive You
    • "Pray then like this .... and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Matthew 6:12).
  • Pray for General Prosperity
    • "Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul" (3rd John 2).
  • Pray for Boldness
    • "And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness" (Acts 4:29).
  • Pray a Prayer of Thanksgiving
    • "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:4-5).
Prayer is a wonderful blessing in which a Child of God communicates with his or her Heavenly Father.

CS - Quotes from NASB