What Should I Pray For?

The Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone’s will be done but their own.–Aldous Huxley

 

This is a powerful quote. I was raised Catholic and remember being taught to say the Lord’s prayer, but I had no understanding of the words that I was repeating and continued going about doing my own will.

What are some things that we can pray that are definitely the will of God? We need to look to the Bible, the infallible Word of God to answer this question.

Here are a few I found in searching the Scripture. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

2Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”

We can pray for people that we know to be lead to truly repent before God. Repentance is the very first step we make in coming to God, so to pray for others to be lead to repentance is definitely in the will of God. Baptism is void without repentance, and one can definitely not be filled with the Holy Ghost until they repent, so repentance is vital!

 

Romans 12:1,2

 

 

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

1Thessalonians 4:3,4

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

 

 

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

Once we are saved and on the road to living for God, we need to pray that He will help us to be holy and pleasing to Him and that we would keep ourselves from the immorality that is so rampant in this world.

 

1Thessalonians 5:18

 

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

We need to regularly pray prayers of thanksgiving to God, whether we are going through good times or not so good times. Wherever we are at in life, there are always things for which we can be thankful, if we will but look for them. Ask God to help you to have a thankful heart.

 

The Only Prayer Request Jesus Ever Made

 

 

Mat 9:35-38

 

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

 

 

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

 

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest trulyisplenteous, but the labourersarefew;

 

 

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

In verse 38,  the man, Christ Jesus, tells us to pray that the Lord would send labourers into His harvest. We can pray and ask God to raise up more pastors, missionaries, evangelists, teachers and good strong saints in the church that have a burden to share the gospel with those who have not heard. This is something I need to give more attention to in prayer. 

Besides praying for our own needs which is something Jesus instructs us to do in what has come to be known as The Lord’s prayer, these are just a few other things that we should make matters of prayer. 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “What Should I Pray For?

  1. How many times have I heard someone say something along this lines “We wanted this new car so we prayed about it and then bought it”

    I agree with Huxley’s quote. We so often don’t have a clue as to what the Lord’s will is because we are so busy doing ours. If we would stop and listen, we might learn something. I posted something that might fit in with your thoughts. I wish I had used the Lord’s prayer in the application section.

    http://lostpineschurchofchrist.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/can-you-hear-me-now/

    Hi Steven. I agree with you about the need to stop and listen. I just went and read your post and left a comment, but I am not sure if it will show up. I was having problems for some reason. Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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