Prayer Journal

Last month I was browsing through a bundle purchase I made, and found ideas for a prayer journal.

“A prayer journal?” I thought. “I always pray. Do I need a prayer journal?” The answer turned out to be a resounding YES!!!

As I started looking into what, exactly, a prayer journal is, and watched some youtube videos, I was immediately sold. Yes! A way to be organized and methodical with my prayers; some direction and prayer prompting! I got excited.

I got so excited that I started my own prayer journal, and hosted a prayer journal workshop at my church. We all brought our own supplies, and had opportunity to work together and fellowship while we put together our journals. I provided several handouts of prayer prompts that I’d found online.

I sewed a fabric and batting cover for it from a fabric that brings me God’s peace.

This was a process over a few weeks of arranging, re-arranging, making pages; and writing verses, prayers, and requests. It is still a work-in-progress as God gives me new insights and things to pray for. I love that this is a dynamic work.

I highly recommend a prayer journal (several of the youtube videos call them, “war binders”). My prayer time has blossomed. I am definite in my prayers for various people and organizations; my prayer time is focused and guided (instead of mind-wandering); I have a new and even closer connection with my Lord; I can easily spend an hour praying; and I LOVE my prayer time.

I use a mini-binder because I like the feel of the smaller size. (A mini binder fits pages that are half the size of 8 ½” x 11” pages.) I started with a 1” ring width, but had to go with 1.5” because I put so much in it.

Many of my pages that are filled with prayers have little sticky markers: I don’t pray every page every day. I pray one or two items on a page, then move the marker to the next one, to remind me where I left off.

To stave off distractions from taking me away from my prayers, I keep note paper nearby. When something pops into my mind that I don’t want to forget, I jot it down. Now I don’t have to worry about forgetting something important, and I can concentrate on praying.

I have several sections that I pray through every day; and I have five other sections that I pray Monday – Friday. As specific needs occur, I write them down wherever appropriate.

  • Praise
    • Includes a Grateful section, Bible verses, clips from online sources, an Aha! section of things that strike me as being so cool about God, and pages of hymnals that I copied
  • Self
    • This is a pretty thick section, because I need a lot of prayer!
    • Includes prayers from Supplications, various clippings, Confession section, hymns, prayer requests from this Maggie blog, and a calendar page from pdfcalendar.com (link below) to remind me of upcoming events to pray about

  • Marriage
  • Family
    • Includes a sub-section for parents, children, siblings & families, and in-laws

My Monday – Friday sections:

  • Monday: City, State, and Nation (& World)
  • Tuesday: Social Issues (abortion, LGBTQ, trafficking)
  • Wednesday: my church (people / prayer requests, missionaries, outreach)
    • This would usually include specific prayer for church leaders, but my husband is a church leader, so I put that section in with his.
  • Thursday: Friends & Neighbors
  • Friday: Persecuted, Prison Ministries / Prisoners, Homeless

Following are some things to think about before you put together a prayer binder. At the end are several online resources.

Do you have a prayer binder? Do you have resources to share?

Binder options:

  • Ring-style or spiral / permanent bound?
    • Ring-style (regular or smaller-size):
      • you can add / take out / rearrange pages as you need
      • You can take out pages to use, say, for sermon notes at church, then insert back into your notebook; you don’t have to take the whole notebook with you
        • Keep a clipboard handy for when you want to take out separate pages to write on
    • Spiral or otherwise bound:
      • can’t move or add pages
      • but you can use sticky notes / sticky tabs; can glue in pages
      • easier to carry around
  • search “journal binder” or “prayer journal” on amazon or Christianbook.com
  • “3-ring binder” or “binder portfolio” or “mini portfolio binder” or “mini binders 5.5 x 8.5 three ring” or “blank journal” or “travel binder” on amazon
  • watch out for how many rings; be sure you have a hole punch / pre-punched papers for those hole patterns

Big picture considerations:

  • Is this a lifetime journal, or will I make one for each year?
  • What size?
    • Will I take this with me to waiting rooms? Prayer group?
    • Will this be a stationary piece in my prayer closet?
  • Do I want a separate section for answers to prayer, or will I include answers along with the prayers?
  • Will I write directly on the pages, or write on sticky notes to stick on the pages; or both?
  • Will this journal be only for prayer, or will I also use it for Bible study journaling?
  • In a pre-bound journal (i.e., spiral notebook), make pages and sections (or outline your plan) before adding section tabs, so you have an idea of how many pages for each section

You may want to include:

  • Calendar to jot events to pray for
  • A front page of prayer-inspiring Scripture
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Section for Scripture memorization
  • Sections for praise, adoration
    • Attributes of God
    • Praise Scripture
  • Section labeled Confess or Repent / what needs pruning
  • Bible studies / book study (group or individual)
  • Sticky notes / jot-a-note
    • Ideas to include in the journal
    • Random thoughts that intrude, and you need to take care of them later (i.e., don’t forget to add pineapple to the grocery list): put these in a special spot once you’ve written them down, so you don’t have to concentrate on remembering them.
  • Goal pages
  • Inspirational page(s): quotes, ideas
  • Printed prayers that mean something to you
  • Poetry
  • Hymn or praise song lyrics / sheet music
  • Names of God / Jesus / Holy Spirit
  • Coloring pages
  • “Aha!” page

Arrangement of sections:

  • Days of the week: Pray for specific issues on each day of the week (i.e., family, marriage, children on Mondays; church, leadership, church groups on Tuesdays; etc.)
  • Prayer issues (sections for family / church / ministries / prayer group, etc.)

Prayer / Section Suggestions:

  • Family
    • Self, spouse, children
    • My home
    • Extended family
  • Leadership / Government (local, state, national, world)
  • Workplace
  • Churches
    • Specific church ministries or groups
    • Church leadership
    • Church participation
    • Families in your church
    • Truth in preaching and teaching
    • Missions
  • Salvation
  • Health
  • Families / Marriages; legal battles, transgender / LGBTQ, etc
  • The persecuted
  • Prison ministries
  • Friends
  • Healing / emotional / relational
  • World events (abortion, persecution, etc.)
  • Specific ministries / schools / organizations
  • Work / school
  • Testimonies
  • Growth areas
  • Affirmations
  • God’s promises / witness to His faithfulness
  • Pouring out your heart / issues precious and dear to you
  • Listening to God: things God is telling me
  • Finance
  • A prayer group you belong to
  • Urgent needs (“Emergency Room”)
  • Other

Supplies:

  • Binder OR spiral notebook OR bound journal
    • Binder: normal size or half-size or other-size
  • Binder paper (pay attention to the kind of binder you’re using, and the hole placement)
    • Packets of paper sold for that style of binder
    • Scrapbook paper
    • You can design and print your own pages
    • Some pages can be cardstock
    • “Extra” pages can be glued into a spiral notebook or bound journal
  • Sticky divider tabs OR can make your own out of cardstock, and glue to pages
    • Divider tabs can go along the side and/or the top
  • Sturdy elastic headband or other method to keep your journal closed and secure
  • Binder pockets
  • Divider pages OR make your own
  • Different kinds and colors of pens and pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sticky notes of all sizes, shapes and colors
  • Calendar pages
  • Clipart
  • Hole reinforcers
  • Fun paper clips & binder clips
  • Page protectors / sheet protectors
  • Glue stick / double-sided tape / glue pen
  • Pen & pencil pocket (big enough to keep sticky notes, etc)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board / paper cutter
  • Hole punch
  • Label-maker
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • (Pretty) envelopes
  • Scrapbooking supplies
    • Lettering & numbering
    • Stickers
    • Pockets / pocket pages
    • Colored or patterned tape or sticky strips
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Cardstock
    • Stencils
  • Washi-tape (Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, dollar stores)
  • Sheet protectors for your-size binder
  • Old books to include pages (see what the library is giving away or very cheap; Goodwill; Salvation Army; second-hand stores)
    • Bible pages
    • Hymnals
    • Pictures you can cut out and glue in
    • You can separate whole books from their bindings and include some or all pages, or make a separate binder. Hole punch the pages to insert into a binder.

Online Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ft87GqgETs  How to Make Your Own Prayer Journal!        Stacey Johnson      41:12       spiral-bound student notebook w/ dividers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElRJCoBvQNo  My Prayer Binder: Flip Through and Thoughts               Cori Spieker      1:01:35       3-ring ½ size binder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D9S6Yq6zBY  WAR BINDER PRAYER JOURNAL SETUP- How to Make Your Own DIY Faith Journal | Ideas and Flip Through         Kaye Lean Ramos     20:04     3-ring ½ size binder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hmy3Dd9Djc  Bible Study Binder & Prayer Journal Notebook: How to DIY       Crazy Simple Truth, Nicki Drake    11:57       3-ring binder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7chAgKsfVE Prayer Binder flip through with Dawne!     Kari Denker (with Stone Soup for Five)         45:30             3-ring, ½ – size binder

https://www.pinterest.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFKLXz1Cdkk Recycle your Toilet Roll Cores into Pretty Pockets!      Angela Kerr     44:11 and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi6z_xI894c    Recycle and Reuse Toilet Roll Tubes   Gi Kerr      25:07

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15BoCfZK0Ew  Prayer Journal Set Up / War Binder DIY        Annie Smith      28:40      spiral-bound sketchbook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPqnhlAX35M&t=0s  Prayer Notebook     Gina Garland           8:45      3-ring ½ size   binder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRh8QBuTWTA Prayer Binder Walkthrough           Kari Denker      11:19           3-ring ½ size binder

https://www.stonesoupforfive.com/p/tutorials.html

https://www.stonesoupforfive.com/2014/11/a-walk-through-my-prayer-binder.html

https://www.stonesoupforfive.com/2018/05/all-things-prayer-binder.html  homepage https://www.stonesoupforfive.com/

https://www.dailydwelling.com/prayer-journal-printables-updated/

http://www.dailydwelling.com/prayer-journal-printables/

https://www.dailydwelling.com/category/printable/

https://hosannasmom.wordpress.com/tag/word-cloud/

http://inspiredtoaction.com/resources/

https://ifapray.org/resources/prayer-guides-and-resources/

https://www.josh.org/resources/spiritual-growth/attributes-of-god/

https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/a-disciples-renewal/  https://www.chapellibrary.org/book/dado/doctrine-and-duty-of-self_examination

http://storage.cloversites.com/arkansasbaptiststateconvention2/documents/Design%20Guide%20-%20Prayer%20-%20Long%20(Final)_2.pdf  Scroll down to Appendix A (pg 6) for a list of convicting questions

http://pdfcalendar.com/  create your own calendar

https://lovinglifeathome.com/

https://www.angellabundz.com/free-printables

https://latoyaedwards.net/notebook

https://momsinprayer.org/group-leaders/

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/prayer-resources/

Recipe Friday: Praying for Your Pastor and Church Leaders

This week’s recipe is a prayer list for our Pastor and church leaders, all over the world. I took notes from a pastor’s wife’s presentation, then ran it by my pastor for editing and input. Please, please, pray for our pastors and church leaders; pray also for leaders of households; and for leaders in our communities, states, nations, and world. Prayer WORKS: it is work to pray, so put in the effort and see what miracles God will work on our behalf.

Feel free to print this out. You can copy it into a word processing document, then print in portrait; or split into columns and print landscape.

Another prayer resource is Supplications, which can also be printed.

May Pastor and Leaders fully accept and appropriate all God’s gifts, and use them for His eternal glory.

Protect Pastor and Leaders from:

  • Weariness
  • Frustration
  • Attacks from the enemy in thought, word, and deed
  • Fleshly temptations
  • Worldly pressures

May Pastor and Leaders receive from people of their congregation:

  • Words of encouragement
  • Prayer
  • Wise counsel
  • Tokens of appreciation
  • Palpable love

May Pastor’s and Leaders’ eyes be open (enlightened) to the next move, season; to attacks, not caught off-guard. May he see people as God sees, each sheep as worthy of God’s love and grace

Give Pastor and Leaders hearts free, pure, full of God’s agape love

Instill in Pastor and Leaders a spirit of excellence, of joy in their work

Inspiration

May Pastor and Leaders receive as from the Lord lessons of humility

Pray for direction in decision-making and for confirmation of decisions

God continually give Pastor and Leaders ears to hear what His Holy Spirit has to say through them to others, the congregation, and their families

And the other way around: ears to hear the Holy Spirit speak to them through others, the congregation, and their family

Flourishing, deep, fruitful, restorative, refreshing prayer life

Give Pastor and Leaders strength to carry out God’s special work

Pray for patience, understanding, timing; with that, that their time will be spent being productive, rather than just busy.

A stable mind: free of anger & bitterness, renewed day by day in the mind of Christ, centered on God’s Truth

Pray for the Holy Spirit’s perfect unity among church leaders; for love, understanding, compassion, empathy, inspiration, patience, direction

Pray for Pastors and Leaders to be good husbands and fathers, tenderhearted and loving toward their families.

Pray for Pastor’s and Leaders’ wives: protection, sustenance, purpose, patience and understanding, joy, peace.

And for their children, that they will grow in the nurture and understanding of the Lord, raised unto salvation.

Ephesians 6.18, 19 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel

National Day of Prayer

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer for the US. Below is information I received in an e-mail from IFA (Intercessors for America). When you click on a link for a resource, it asks for your e-mail. This has been safe for me, no sharing of info or spam. There is also an option to login and to sign up to pray. Those with accounts have access to all the resources. I have used several of their resources in guiding me to fervent, authentic prayer for my country.

To pray for specific legislative updates: https://prayforamericasleaders.com/legislative-updates/

MAKE THE MOST OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
For the first time in 70 years the National Day of Prayer observance will not happen on Capitol Hill.But barricades, security, and politics in Washington, D.C. cannot stop Americans from observing this day and praying for our nation.How can you participate? Here are three ways:First, we encourage you to join us on our National Day of Prayer webcast on Thursday at 12:15pm ET (details below).Second,  many of the people you know who celebrate the National Day of Prayer may be encouraged to know that praying for the nation is something IFA intercessors do year round. It is more than just a day. Take this opportunity to introduce the Intercessors for America network to your praying friendsClick here for a great download to share with others in response to this day of prayer. And third, stay on top of what is happening in your state with Pray for America’s Leaders new Legislative Updates. Click below and see what needs prayer in your state today! 
GO THERE NOW

We encourage you to join us on our National Day of Prayer webcast, featuring Pam Pryor, former State Department official, who will be sharing about prayer in government. Dave Kubal, IFA President and CEO, will be on-site in D.C. to offer live, up-to-the-minute observances and commentary. Click here to watch IFA’s National Day of Prayer program on Thursday at 12:15pm ET or you can connect by phone at (712) 775-7430.
May America Bless God!


Dave Kubal
President/CEO




INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA
IFApray.org

Obey God Rather Than Men

Acts 5.29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men

This was the apostles’ response to the council and high priest when asked, “Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?” (v 28) and the apostles were correct.

Sometimes it is easy to remember this verse when faced with a BIG, clear directive in opposition to God’s Word, when obeying that directive sends clanging warning bells.

To how big or how little a thing does this apply?

What about peer pressure? What about advice from a trusted friend? What about when your boss hints that a task should be done ~this~ way? How about a spouse’s suggestion that’s a bit “off?” What about that television show? What about when everyone else in church thinks this is the way to go? What about when the pressure to do something is tremendous, and you think you have no choice?

How faithful and obedient can a person be to God in every. little. thing? Do we even stop to consider? Do we, like the Bereans did (Acts 17.11), stop to examine the Scriptures to see whether these things are so?

When we don’t examine God’s Word, when we don’t have our daily devotionals and time with God, we can quite easily go singing merrily along in our own power and the power of the culture that surrounds us – bombards us, even. The more we stray from God’s Word, the easier it becomes to stray even more.

Be grounded in the Bible. Read it every day. Compare what you hear, what you believe to be true, with what God has to say about it. Pray before, while, and after you read; pray the Holy Spirit will guide and interpret to your poor mind what the truth is in any given situation.

In big things and small, God always blesses obedience. Always. You may conjure up consequences to your actions, but God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3.20). Trust Him.

Then go forth, and obey God rather than men.

Anguish in the Palm of His Hand

As we live in the palm of God’s Hand, we often suffer pain from death, physical hurt, mental anguish, broken relationships, separation, inability to fix things, hurtful words, and broken expectations.

Sometimes we bring pain upon ourselves; but often there are circumstances we cannot avoid. God always has reasons for tribulation in our lives. The most basic reason is to bring us closer to Him. Whatever is going on, God knows all about it: He is close to you, He loves you, and He wants to be your Number One Comfort.

When you are experiencing trying times, resist the temptation to fear. Remember that you live in the palm of His Hand. Give your situation, your feelings, your confusion to God, talk to Him about it, explain why it hurts so much. He wants to be your Confidante. He is your closest and best Friend.

God feels this pain with us, and He gives us Words to express our feelings.

As you speak with God, explore how you’re really doing. Think of David’s example in Psalms 25:

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

 David acknowledged his need to confess his sins and be forgiven in order to fully receive the peace and joy that God offers. Make sure you have no sin standing in the way of complete freedom before God.

In Psalms 103, we are reminded of all the blessings God showers upon us. He IS good! He DOES love us! Remember how good He is. Read the words, remember what God has worked in your own life, and praise Him:

1 {A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

A few more verses to comfort:

Romans 8.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 John 4.18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Psalms 56.3, 4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

And a reminder in a precious hymn:

Tell It to Jesus

From http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/t/e/l/l/tellitto.htm

Words: Ed­mund S. Lo­renz, in Frö­liche Bot­schaft­er, 1876. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jer­e­mi­ah E. Ran­kin in Gates of Praise, 1880.

Music: Ed­mund S. Lo­renz

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Answered Prayer

In conversation about prayers, we sometimes hear, “God answered my prayer…” or, “God didn’t answer my prayer…” depending on what the outcome was.

God delights in prayer, God answers prayer – always. He answers in the blessing of communing with your heart. He answers in the blessing of drawing you closer to Him (James 4.8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…). He answers with the blessing of peace in your soul, comfort from knowing it all rests in His loving, intelligent, merciful design.

And when you pray…

Jesus gave us the gift of His pattern of prayer in Matthew 6:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

In Jesus’ prayer, He does not mention asking for a list of what we’d like to see happen. Jesus’ prayer is about giving God glory, acknowledging Him as our holy King, asking for our needs (as He sees them) to be met, and asking forgiveness and protection. He ends with, again, acknowledging God’s sovereignty, power and glory.

As you pray, set your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3.2).

Are we allowed to ask for stuff? Absolutely! If a friend is sick, we can ask for God to heal, and give the friend and doctors wisdom. But the bottom-line prayer is, “Thy will be done.” We can also pray that the friend receive God’s comfort and peace, and that the friend rests in the joy of knowing s/he is in the loving palm of God’s Hand.

We can always pray for salvation.

If someone is in danger of losing a job, we can pray God to intervene in the situation to either keep the job or that God will lead to another solution that none of us can think to imagine.

Maybe we are part of the solution.

I often pray, in supplication for others, for God to send good friends for support and comfort. Often God calls me to be that friend. Sometimes it’s not me.

As we pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5.17), we talk to God throughout our day. I may be looking for an item, and ask God to show me where it is. Yes, we can pray for big things and small. Life and death; keys and schedules.

What do we think prayer is?

Do not fall into the sin of believing that “God answered my prayer” is the same as “I got what I wanted.”

In speaking of our answered prayers, we can say things like:

“God answered my prayer. My cancer returned.”

“God answered my prayer. My friend died.”

“God answered my prayer. He said No to a new car for now.”

“God answered my prayer. A blizzard came in, and we couldn’t visit our family.”

All of these are answers to prayer. God gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. Thank Him.

James 4.3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

We are not called on, anywhere in God’s Word, to pray for our selfish wants. Yes, someone may want a new house or to win the lottery or to get a promotion. I think God wants to settle matters of the heart / soul / spirit first. He may answer with a No if your wish does not give Him glory, or if it would ultimately be to your detriment. When we pray and wish for things, we can only see a short-range, fuzzy picture of how things might turn out if it comes true (some of us have very active imaginations!). God sees the bigger, more perfect picture: He knows the future, He knows our hearts, He knows what is best for each of us, He knows what will bring us blessing, and He knows what will bring Him glory.

Consider prayer in James 5.14 – 16: Is any sick among you? 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: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The Greek word used for “save” in verse 15 has the meaning “to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.” This does not necessarily mean the sick person is given bodily health. I believe God is interested in the spirit and soul more than the body. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. We pray in faith for salvation, salvation of our eternal souls. That soul shall God raise up, either to continue blessing those of this world (in sickness or in health); or raise up to eternity to be with Him. And, if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him!!! Oh, glorious Lord!

God’s Word contains perfect prayers. Here are a few that we can pray for ourselves and others:

Hebrews 12.20, 21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 1.16 – 19  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

Ephesians 3.16 – 19 I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth 19 of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

And this great prayer from Revelation 7.12 Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever! Amen.

May God bless you richly in your prayers.

Prayer

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 4.2

In God’s Word, He instructs / adjures / commands / encourages us to pray. The good news is, This is for EVERYONE! Everyone can pray, regardless of limitations, circumstances, or economic status.

How to pray? Pray for what?

First, prayer is simply talking with God. In prayer, we can praise and worship Him, speak words of adoration, and talk with Him about how grateful we are for Him, His presence, His gifts, and His ways. The Psalms are great for finding words of expression. God’s Word always carries power, and praying God’s Word back to Him carries power.

  • Psalms 18.1-3 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
  • Psalms 19.1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  • All of Psalms 23
  • Psalms 117 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
  • Psalms 118.28, 29 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Be sure to make time for confession and repentance as you pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to search you

  • Psalms 139.23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  • Psalms 41.4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
  • Luke 18.13, 14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Prayer includes supplication, which is bringing needs to our Father’s throne. The needs can be for ourselves or loved ones, friends, family, neighbors, community, state, country, and world.

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Tools for prayer / supplication:

  • Pen and paper (or your smartphone, if you’re good with that): When you hear prayer requests, write them down. This is important, as it is so easy to forget a request. Also very important: remember to LOOK AT your prayer list when you pray and/or throughout the day.
  • Quiet time is a luxury for some. If you can squeeze it in, do so. If your schedule doesn’t allow for dedicated prayer time, then pray on the go: driving, waiting room, grocery line, TV commercials, doing dishes, in the bathroom.
  • Prayer trigger:
    • Think of something (an event, an item) that reminds you to pray for something particular. When you see a pharmaceutical ad, pray for your ill friend. On your drive to work, and you pass a bus stop, pray for someone in a traffic accident. When it’s time for laundry, pray God to quicken and cleanse the spirit of a loved one. When you see a hospital, pray for the patients, families, and workers inside. When you see a fire / police station or vehicle, pray for law enforcement and rescue personnel. Pray for our military when you see a uniform or news spot.
    • Set an alarm at a certain time to pray about abortion or persecuted Christians or your country.

Pray for:

  • Fellow Christians (Ephesians 6.18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. 2 Peter 3.18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.).
    • Pray for your church and your pastor (Luke 22.32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.).
  • The lost, and God’s people to do His work (Luke 10.2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.)
  • The sick (James 5.16 Pray one for another, that ye may be healed.).
  • Our enemies (Luke 6.28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.).
  • Our authorities (1 Timothy 2.1, 2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone— for kings and all those in authority—so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.)
  • A heart to pray as God wills (1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.)
  • Friends, family, loved ones (1 Thessalonians 2.8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.)
  • Jerusalem (Psalm 122.6-9 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
  • God’s will be done (Matthew 6.9, 10: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 26.42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.)

Remember, too, that prayer is talking WITH God. Be sure to watch and listen carefully, because He answers. He speaks to us in so many ways.

Praying Psalm 119 Over a Loved One

Praying God’s Word back to Him carries the power of His Word. God teaches us how to pray in His Word, and we may use His Words to make our hearts’ cry to Him.

Psalm 119 is an intense passage of praise for God, His law, His Word, and the force of that Word in the lives of us all. If you are praying for salvation for a loved one (or for one who has gone astray, or who never did grasp the authority and jurisdiction of God in his life), here is one way to pray God’s Word over that loved one. This can be prayed often, over a long period of time. The words here are geared toward a male; however, God’s Word is personal, and you may use this as He leads you. After reading this, return to your Bible and pray your own prayers as you read and meditate on God’s Word.

Of course, another of the true powers of prayer is that prayer changes the pray-er.

Galatians 6.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

א
ALEPH.

1 May ___ be blessed and undefiled in his way, may he walk in the law of the LORD.

2 I pray Your blessing upon ___, that he keeps Your testimonies, and that he seeks You with his whole heart.

3 May he also do no iniquity: may he walk in Your ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently.

5 O that ___’s ways were directed to keep Thy statutes!

6 Then he shall not be ashamed, when he has respect unto all Thy commandments.

7 He will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when he shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.

8 I pray ___ will keep Thy statutes: O forsake him not utterly.

ב
BETH.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

10 May ___ seek Thee with his whole heart: O let him not wander from Thy commandments.

11 May he hide Thy Word in his heart, that he might not sin against Thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach ___ Thy statutes.

13 With his lips may he declare all the judgments of Thy mouth.

14 May he rejoice in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 May he meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways.

16 May he delight himself in Thy statutes, and not forget Thy word.

ג
GIMEL.

17 Deal bountifully with Thy servant, ___ that he may live, and keep Thy Word.

18 Open thou his eyes, that he may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.

19 He is a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from him.

20 Break his soul for longing unto Thy judgments at all times.

21 Rebuke his pride that he may not be cursed, as he errs from Thy commandments.

22 Heap upon him reproach and contempt; for he has not kept Thy testimonies.

23 As princes sit and speak against him: let Thy servant meditate in Thy statutes.

24 Make Thy testimonies his delight and his counselors.

ד
DALETH.

25 ___’s soul cleaves unto the dust: quicken thou him according to Thy word.

26 Cause him to declare his ways, and You will hear him: teach him Thy statutes.

27 Make him to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall he talk of Thy wondrous works.

28 Melt his soul for heaviness: and strengthen thou him according unto Thy Word.

29 Remove from him the way of lying: and grant him Thy law graciously.

30 Cause ___ to choose the way of truth: lay Thy judgments before him.

31 He has not stuck unto Thy testimonies: O LORD, put him to shame.

32 Cause him to run the way of Thy commandments, then Thou shalt enlarge his heart.

ה
HE.

33 Teach ___, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; cause him to keep it unto the end.

34 Give him understanding, that he shall keep Thy law; yea, that he shall observe it with his whole heart.

35 Make him to go in the path of Thy commandments; show him the delight therein.

36 Incline his heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away his eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou him in Thy way.

38 Stablish Thy Word unto Thy servant, cause him to be devoted to Thy fear.

39 Make him to dread Thy reproach, and to fear it: for Thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, cause him to long after Thy precepts: quicken him in Thy righteousness.

ו
VAU.

41 Let Thy mercies come also unto ___, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy word.

42 So shall he have wherewith to answer him that reproaches him: may he trust in Thy word.

43 And take not the word of Truth utterly out of his mouth; may he hope in Thy judgments.

44 So shall he keep Thy law continually for ever and ever.

45 And he will walk at liberty as he seeks Thy precepts.

46 May he ever speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and not be ashamed.

47 May he delight himself in Thy commandments, and love them.

48 May he lift up also his hands unto Thy commandments, may he love them, and meditate in Thy statutes.

ז
ZAIN.

49 Remember the word unto Thy servant, cause ___ to have hope in Thy Word.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Thy word hath quickened me – Thy Word can also quicken him.

51 His pride has had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law.

52 May he learn Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and take comfort in them.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of his wickedness – he forsakes Thy law!

54 Make Thy statutes to be his songs in the house of his pilgrimage.

55 May he remember Thy name, O LORD, in the night, and keep Thy law.

56 This I have, because I keep Thy precepts; I pray that peace for him, as well.

ח
HETH.

57 Make Thyself ___’s portion, O LORD: I pray he would keep Thy words.

58 May he intreat Thy favour with his whole heart: be merciful unto him according to Thy Word.

59 Cause him to think upon his ways, and turn his feet unto Thy testimonies.

60 May he make haste, and delay not to keep Thy commandments.

61 Though the bands of the wicked have robbed him: may he not forget Thy law.

62 At midnight may he rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments.

63 Make him a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts.

64 The earth, O LORD, is full of Thy mercy: teach him Thy statutes.

ט
TETH.

65 Deal well with Thy servant, O LORD, according unto Thy Word.

66 Teach ___ good judgment and knowledge: cause him to believe Thy commandments.

67 Afflict him as he goes astray: direct him to keep Thy word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach him Thy statutes.

69 He is proud, and has forged a lie against me: keep me strong in Thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 His heart is as fat as grease; turn him to delight in Thy law.

71 It is good for him that he is afflicted; that he might learn Thy statutes.

72 Make the law of Thy mouth better unto him than thousands of gold and silver.

י
IOD.

73 Thy hands have made ___ and fashioned him: give him understanding, that he may learn Thy commandments.

74 I pray it will come to pass that they that fear Thee will be glad when they see him; because he has hoped in Thy word.

75 Cause him to know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted him.

76 Let, I pray thee, Thy merciful kindness be for his comfort, according to Thy word unto Thy servant.

77 Let Thy tender mercies come unto him, that he may live: make Thy law his delight.

78 Let him be ashamed of his pride; for he dealt perversely with me without a cause: cause him to meditate in Thy precepts.

79 Let those that fear Thee turn unto him, and those that have known Thy testimonies (that he may have those about him to lead him unto You).

80 Let his heart become sound in Thy statutes; that he be not ashamed.

כ
CAPH.

81 Make ___’s soul faint for Thy salvation: bring him hope in Thy word.

82 Cause his eyes to fail for Thy word, saying, When wilt Thou comfort me?

83 Make him become like a bottle in the smoke; do not let him forget Thy statutes.

84 How many are the days of Thy servant? when wilt Thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85 His pride has digged pits for himself, which are not after Thy law.

86 All Thy commandments are faithful: he persecutes me wrongfully; help Thou me.

87 He had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not Thy precepts.

88 Quicken us after Thy lovingkindness; that we may keep the testimony of Thy mouth.

ל
LAMED.

89 For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants.

92 Unless Thy law become ___’s delights, he should then perish in his affliction.

93 Do not let him forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou quicken.

94 I pray he is Thine, save him; cause him to seek Thy precepts.

95 His wickedness has waited to destroy him: may he consider Thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad.

מ
MEM.

97 O cause ___ to love Thy law! May it be his meditation all the day.

98 Thou through Thy commandments will make him wiser than his enemies: for they are ever with him.

99 Give him more understanding than all his teachers: make Thy testimonies his meditation.

100 Cause him to understand more than the ancients, as he keeps Thy precepts.

101 I pray he refrains his feet from every evil way, that he might keep Thy word.

102 Let him not depart from Thy judgments: I pray You will teach him.

103 Make Your Words sweet unto his taste! yea, sweeter than honey to his mouth!

104 Through Thy precepts he gets understanding: therefore I pray he learns to hate every false way.

נ
NUN.

105 Make Thy word a lamp unto ___’s feet, and a light unto his path.

106 May he swear, and perform it, that he will keep Thy righteous judgments.

107 He is afflicted very much: quicken him, O LORD, according unto Thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach him Thy judgments.

109 Cause him to put his soul into Your hand: do not let him forget Thy law.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for him: let him err not from Thy precepts.

111 Thy testimonies may he take as an heritage for ever: make them the rejoicing of his heart.

112 May he incline his heart to perform Thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

ס
SAMECH.

113 Cause ___ to hate vain thoughts: but love Thy law.

114 Become his hiding place and his shield: cause him to hope in Thy word.

115 Sweep away the evildoers from him: that he may keep the commandments of his God.

116 Uphold him according unto Thy word, that he may live: and let him not be ashamed of his hope.

117 Hold thou him up, and he shall be safe: and he will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from Thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore make him to love Thy testimonies.

120 Cause his flesh to tremble for fear of thee; make him afraid of Thy judgments.

ע
AIN.

121 He has not done judgment and justice: leave him to his oppressors.

122 Be surety for Thy servant for good: let his pride oppress him.

123 Cause ___’s eyes to fail for Thy salvation, and for the Word of Thy righteousness.

124 Deal with Thy servant according unto Thy mercy, and teach him Thy statutes.

125 Make him Thy servant; give him understanding, that he may know Thy testimonies.

126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for he has made void Thy law.

127 I pray ___ would love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128 And that he would esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and that he would hate every false way.

פ
PE.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: may ___’s soul keep them.

130 The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 Open his mouth, and cause him to pant as he longs for Thy commandments.

132 Look thou upon him, and be merciful unto him, as thou usest to do unto those that love Thy name.

133 Order his steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over him.

134 Deliver him from the oppression of man, and cause him to keep Thy precepts.

135 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach him Thy statutes.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because he keeps not Thy law.

צ
TZADE.

137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are Thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 May zeal consume ___, because as Thine enemy, he has forgotten Thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore Thy servant loveth it.

141 He is small and despised: do not let him forget Thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on both of us: make Thy commandments his delights.

144 The righteousness of Thy testimonies is everlasting: give him understanding, and he shall live.

ק
KOPH.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: cause ___ to keep Thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save him, that he shall keep Thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hope in Thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that he might meditate in Thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto Thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken him according to Thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: he is far from Thy law.

151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all Thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning Thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

ר
RESH.

153 Consider ___’s affliction, and deliver him: do not let him forget Thy law.

154 Plead my cause, and deliver him: quicken him according to Thy word.

155 Salvation is far from him because he is wicked: for he seeks not Thy statutes.

156 Great are Thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken him according to Thy judgments.

157 Many are his persecutors and his enemies; do not let him decline from Thy testimonies.

158 I behold his transgressions, and am grieved, O LORD; because he keeps not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken him, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

ש
SHIN.

161 Princes persecute him: may his heart stand in awe of Thy word.

162 May ___ rejoice at Thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

163 He does not hate and abhor lying: cause him to love Thy law.

164 Seven times a day may he praise thee because of Thy righteous judgments.

165 Grant him great peace when he loves Thy law: may nothing offend him.

166 LORD, I have hoped for Thy salvation upon him, may he do Thy commandments.

167 May his soul keep Thy testimonies; and love them exceedingly.

168 May he keep Thy precepts and Thy testimonies: for all his ways are before thee.

ת
TAU.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give ___ understanding according to Thy word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver him according to Thy word.

171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught him Thy statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of Thy word: for all Thy commandments are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help him as he chooses Thy precepts.

174 May ___ long for Thy salvation, O LORD; make Thy law his  delight.

175 Let his soul live, that it shall praise thee; and let Thy judgments help him.

176 He has gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; do not let him forget Thy commandments.

Prayer for Unity

I have been burdened to pray these last times, for unity in God’s people through His Spirit. As children of God, we all have His same Spirit. When that Spirit is allowed full reign, when we are obedient to Him, then we all work in unity, toward the same purpose of glorifying God Almighty.

Please join me as I use God’s Word to pray. As I pray at different times, I direct His Words and my prayer to myself, to my marriage/family, to my church, to my community, my state, my nation, and my world. May my eyes look unto the Hand of my Master; and may He have mercy on us.

Romans 15.5-7

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Psalm 123

{A Song of degrees.} Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Psalms 90.12-17

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.