October 11, 2012

What Types Of Things Can/Should I Pray For?

The privilege of prayer offers us complete access to God anytime, anywhere no matter how we may be feeling or what we may be doing. In fact, the Bible teaches us to pray constantly in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. We can pray about anything! How awesome is it that God granted us such favor to come boldly into His presence through Christ. Jesus provided the way for us to enter God’s presence. We pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, the Son. There are many prayers in the Bible that provide a model for us to pray but don’t limit us to them or any other specific prayer itself. God wants to hear from you. God longs to commune with you in prayer. You best experience God when you connect with Him in prayer.

Jesus gave us a model for prayer in what we traditionally call The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15. The book of Psalms if filled with examples of different types of prayer; from praise to petition, adoration to intercession and supplication to confession. I like the way Paul put it in Philippians 4:6-7 when he said, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Another command in prayer for the church is found in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 that says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”

One great man of God put it like this: “Little prayer – little power; much prayer – much power!”