Prayers to Pray

Matthew 6:9-13 – The Lord’s Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:24 – If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 Samuel 12:23 – Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you.

James 5:16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

1 Timothy 2:8 – I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing.

Luke 22:46 – Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep?  Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Luke 10:2 – Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Luke 6:28 – bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

Luke 21:36 – Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

E. M. Bounds – “Holy characters are formed by the power of real praying.  The more of praying, the more of true saints.”

Some ideas for your prayer time: These are suggestions. Of course, each individual has to find what works best for them – but do pray.

  • Prepare for your time of prayer.  Try to pray an hour each day.  Start with twenty minute increments at different times of the day.    
    • Set aside a specific time each day for your prayer time, preferably in the early morning. 
    • Be sure to turn your cell phone off and try to eliminate all distractions when beginning your prayer time.
    • Keep a prayer journal.  Use different colored pencils to indicate different types of needs; red for salvation, blue for physical healing, green for financial needs, etc.
    • List your prayer needs specifically and by date.
    • Continue praying about specific needs until they are answered.   
    • Jot the date a specific prayer is answered. 
    • Be sure to give God thanks for answered prayer. 
    • Expect that as you begin to get organized in your praying that there will be interruptions and distractions but continue praying.
    • Expect that God will dramatically change your life as you are obedient to continue praying.

E. M. Bounds – “Units of prayer combined, like drops of water, make an ocean which defies resistance.”         

Some rules for your prayers to be effective:

  • Pray prayers following confession and renunciation of all sins specifically.   Forgive those who have wronged you and ask forgiveness of those whom you are at odds with.
  • Pray prayers with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving knowing that all good things come from and through Him.
  • Pray prayers following a time of reading and meditating on the Word.
  • Pray prayers that are according to God’s will.  His will is His Word.
  • Pray prayers in boldness and faith, believing that God hears and will answer your prayers.
  • Pray specifically for the need, not in vague terms, but identify each need in detail.
  • Pray prayers for the right motives, not for selfish gain, but for the glory of God.
  • Pray prayers and submit to God and His will as He answers in His time frame.
  • Pray prayers that require God’s intervention.
  • Pray continuously, even when you do not have any needs, and not just in time of crisis.
  • Pray with the understanding that all answers to prayer come from God and it is to Him you must give thanks.
  • Pray prayers in the Name of Jesus.

Don’t expect a million dollar answer from a ten cent prayer.

Make a specific list of recurring prayer needs: Again, your list will be personal, but creating a list helps keep you focused on the needs to be prayed for.

  • I will pray each day for our country, our president, and our military.
  • I will pray each day for our missionaries serving around the world.
  • I will pray each day for those who are in need.
  • I will pray each day for our church and our pastor.
  • I will pray each day for children and young people.
  • I will pray each day for those who do not know Jesus as Lord.
  • I will pray each day for those babies, yet unborn, whose lives are in peril.
  • I will pray each day for families to be united.
  • I will pray each day for those addicted to alcohol, drugs, pornography and other lifestyle choices not pleasing to God.


                                    A – ADORATION

                                    C – CONFESSION

                                    T – THANKSGIVING

                                    S – SUPPLICATION

Teach Us to Pray

Matthew 6:9-13

In this manner, therefore, pray:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Hallowed by Thy name

  • Jehovah Jireh (My Provider)
  • Jehovah Rapha (My Healer)
  • Jehovah Nissi (My Victory)
  • Jehovah Shalom (My Peace)

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

  • Pray for God’s will in different areas of your life
  • Pray for your family
  • Pray for your place of work, your school
  • Pray for your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, the world
  • Pray for those who have authority over you and yours

Give us this day our daily bread

  • Ask God for your basic needs
  • Ask God for the needs of your family

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

  • Ask God to forgive you for specific areas of your life where you have failed/sinned
  • Ask God to cleanse you from secret sins, revealing to you as you err, those that you are not conscientiously aware of
  • Ask God for grace to forgive those who have sinned against you

Deliver us from evil

  • This is spiritual warfare
  • No “Now I lay me down to sleep” or “Oh GOD!” prayers

For thine is the kingdom, power and the glory

  • Lord, You are in full control
  • Lord, have Your way in all these areas
  • Lord, You are worthy to receive glory, honor and praise

Matthew 26:40-41 – Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:8-13

Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  • “Our Father” – The Paternal Need:  When you pray, all needs are met by the benevolence of a loving Father.  This address to the Heavenly Father recognizes your relationship with Him.  You must first come on the basis of a relationship secured for you in the atoning work of the blood shed on Calvary’s cross by the One, Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19-22 – Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

  • “Hallowed be Your Name – God’s Presence:  Enter His presence through praise.  You have constant access to God’s throne through praise and worship.  Wherever you will praise Him, He will come and establish His rule.

Psalm 100:4 – Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Psalm 22:3 – But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.

  • “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.” – God’s Priorities:  Declare that His kingdom priorities will be established in yourself, your church, your nation.  God desires to rule in every situation that concerns us.  As you set yourself to first seek His kingdom reign, you will find all that you need and more.

Romans 14:17 – for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

  • “Give Us” – God’s Provision:  Jesus told us to pray daily, asking Him to supply all our needs.  God has already provided to meet our greatest need by sending Jesus to die for us.  How much more can we expect Him to meet our daily needs from His vast storehouses of blessings?

Philippians 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

  • “And forgive us” – God’s Forgiveness:  We need God’s forgiveness and we need to forgive others.  Daily set your will to walk in love and forgiveness.  This step opens the door for a greater flow of God’s grace in our lives, and the Lord will use this to bring freedom to others.

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • “Do not lead us into temptation…deliver us from the evil one.” – Power Over Satan:  Pray a hedge of protection about yourself and your loved ones, and verbally put on the armor of God.  Seek to walk in righteousness and the Lord will guide you.  Resist the work of Satan, and you will have victory.

Job 1:9-10 – So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Ephesians 6:14-18 – Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Psalm 37:23-24 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

  • “For Yours is the Kingdom” – Divine Partnership:  Praise God for sharing His kingdom, power and glory with us.  God daily calls us to partner in what He is doing.  We can join in His plans by daily walking in open communication and relationship with Him.

2 Timothy 4:18 – And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

John 17:22 – And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: