On-Line Prayer Requests

WHAT TO PRAY FOR AND WHY:

Whenever we pray, our prayers should also include both praise and thanksgiving in addition to requests and petitions.

  • We are to pray for those who persecute us and mistreat us.  We are not to pray for their immediate destruction or misery, but for their salvation and resulting blessing.  (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:28)
  • We should pray that God would rescue and deliver us from our enemies (2 Kings 19:19)
  • We are to pray that God’s name would be honored and reverenced with our lips, by the church and in the world.  (Matthew 6:9)
  • We are to pray that God’s kingdom would come.  We are therefore to pray that the lost would enter the kingdom through the Gospel, that believers would mature as kingdom citizens and that we might express our longing for the return of Jesus Christ and the coming of His eternal kingdom to the earth.  (Matthew 6:10)
  • We should pray that God’s will would be done on earth (as it clearly is in heaven).  We should pray that the lost would obey the Gospel and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation.  We should pray that God’s people would turn from sin and do the will of their heavenly Father.  We should pray that God’s people would study the Scriptures in order to know the will of God for their lives.  (Matthew 6:10)
  • We should pray that God would supply our daily needs so that we might serve Him and worship Him.  (Matthew 6:11)
  • We should ask forgiveness for our sins when we pray.  While it is true that, as Christians, our sins are forever (and already) forgiven in Christ, it is also true that our heart’s desire should be to bring our sin to the Lord with humility and sorrow, expressing our grief over our sin, our desire to abandon that sin, our desire to acknowledge that sin before God and our affirmation that we are depending upon His grace and mercy and the sacrifice of Christ to cover the sin that we have committed.  (Matthew 6:12)
  • We should forgive others while we are praying (Mark 11:24)
  • We should pray to the Lord that He would protect us and keep us from temptation and sin.  We should express our desire to pursue obedience and righteousness and to rid ourselves of wickedness and sin. (Matthew 6:13, Luke 22:46)
  • We should pray that we would not sin (2 Corinthians 13:7)
  • We should acknowledge our sin when we pray (Luke 18:13)
  • We are to request God’s mercy in our prayers because we are sinners (Luke 18:13)
  • We should praise God for who He was, is and ever more shall be.  (Nehemiah 1:5)
  • We should praise God for what He has done, is doing and yet will do in the future.  (Nehemiah 1:5)
  • We should thank Him for the many blessings that He has poured out upon us. (2 Corinthians 1:11, Colossians 4:2, Philemon 1:4)
  • We are to thank God for other believers (because it is by His will and working that they are believers (Ephesians 1:16)
  • We are to thank God when we see His working in the lives of other Christians, when we see them serving the church in faith and love, and when they are walking in steadfast hope in the Lord (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
  • We are to pray that we would grow up into maturity in Christ, that we would be complete in Him (2 Corinthians 13:9)
  • We are to pray that God would enable us to understand the hope that we have as Christians (Ephesians 1:18)
  • We are to pray that God would enable us to understand the true riches that we have in Christ as His children (Ephesians 1:18)
  • We are to pray for one another that we would share the Gospel and that we would be clear and bold in our preaching of the Gospel (Ephesians 6:19)
  • We should pray that God would send workers to proclaim the Gospel where we cannot go (Luke 10:2)
  • We are to pray that our love for one another would abound more in more as we increase in our spiritual knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9)
  • We are to pray for one another that we would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and discernment (Colossians 1:9)
  • We are to pray for one another that we would live in a manner worthy of our calling (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
  • We are to pray that God would grant us our desire for goodness (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
  • We are to pray that the Word of the Lord would spread rapidly through us (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
  • We are to pray that God’s Word would be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
  • We are to pray that the fellowship of our church is to be effective in accomplishing God’s will as we increase in spiritual knowledge and all good things for the sake of our Savior (Philemon 1:6)
  • We are to pray for one another that we would have a good conscience (Hebrews 13:18)
  • We are to pray that we would conduct ourselves honorably before God at all times (Hebrews 13:18)
  • If we are suffering in any way, we should pray (James 5:13)
  • If anyone is sick, we should pray for them (James 5:14-16)
  • We should pray that God would bless and prosper us (3 John 1:2)
  • We are to pray against the evil deeds of the world (Psalm 141:5)
  • In our distress we are to pray to God for relief (Lamentations 3:56)
  • We are never to be anxious about anything, but in everything we are to take our prayers before the Lord, who will comfort our hearts and give us His peace (Philippians 4:6)
  • We are to deal with discouragement by prayer (Luke 18:1)
  • We should pray that we would have opportunity to fellowship with one another (Romans 1:10)
  • We should pray that God would sustain our life (Psalm 116:4)
  • We should pray for physical protection.  (Matthew 24:20)

HOW TO PRAY

  • We are to pray with joy (Philippians 1:4)
  • We are to pray to God in the morning (Psalm 5:3)
  • We are to pray in the evening (Luke 6:12)
  • We are to constantly remember other believers in prayer morning and evening (2 Timothy 1:3)
  • We are to bring our needs and requests to the Lord night and day (1 Timothy 5:5)
  • We are to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • We are to labor and strive earnestly together for one another in our prayers (Romans 15:30, Colossians 4:12)
  • We are to pursue God in prayer, longing for His answer to our prayers (Psalm 17:1, 39:12, 54:2)
  • When we pray, we are not to pray out of anger or vengeance or a desire to stir up trouble or dissention (1 Timothy 2:8)
  • Whenever we pray we are to trust God that He will answer us according to His will (Mark 11:22-24)
  • We are to be humble in our prayers, not proud or arrogant (Luke 18:10-14, 2 Chronicles 7:14)

FACTS ABOUT PRAYER

  • Prayer produces sanctification and spiritual maturity in the life of the Christian (1 Timothy 4:5)
  • To pray is to pay attention to God, to fail to pray is to ignore God (Daniel 9:3)
  • Prayer is part of our service to God (Luke 2:37)
  • We are sinning against the Lord when we cease to pray for one another (1 Samuel 12:23)
  • If you are godly, you will seek the Lord in prayer (Psalm 32:6)
  • In our distress we are to pray to God for relief (Lamentations 3:56)
  • It is good to pray with other Christians, just don’t do it for appearance sake so that you will look spiritual (Matthew 6:5)
  • We should frequently gather together for prayer (Acts 1:14)
  • The church is to be devoted to prayer (Acts 1:14, 6:4, Romans 12:12)
  • We should also have time of private prayer.  The Lord promises that this will bring blessing from the Father (Matthew 6:6)
  • God delights in the prayer of the upright (Psalm 15:8)
  • God hears the prayer of the righteous (Psalm 15:29, 1 Peter 3:12)
  • We are never to be anxious about anything, but in everything we are to take our prayers before the Lord, who will comfort our hearts and give us His peace (Philippians 4:6)
  • We are to deal with discouragement by prayer (Luke 18:1)
  • Men, failing to love your wife and treat her properly will hinder your prayers to God (1 Peter 3:7)
  • The implication of the above is that sin in our life hinders our prayers to God (1 Peter 3:7)
  • The Holy Spirit helps us and intercedes for us in our prayers (Romans 8:26)
  • When our prayer is genuine, we are praying in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:18)
  • God does not listen to the prayer of the unrighteous (Proverbs 15:18)