- The Bible instructs us that we can come to our Heavenly Father in Heaven, praising and thanking Him for all His blessings. In Heb 4, we learn that we have the wonderful privilege of bringing our requests into the very throne room of God Almighty. Of course, we should qualify all our petitions, with the very important statement “nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done” as the Lord Jesus Himself exemplified. Faith is not believing that whatsoever we ask we get, but believing in Gods Sovereign perfect Will and submitting to it. His Will for us is the ultimate good of building us up for Eternal Life by molding us into the likeness of His dear Son, Lord Jesus Christ.
Jam 4:2-3 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
John 16:23 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
Heb 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Luke 22:42 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
- Pray for Salvation which is our greatest Spiritual need – The Lord’s Prayer is indeed the paramount reference point for the content of our prayers. The most important element in that prayer is to make sure that individually we examine ourselves to see if we really are a child of God, pleading with God for His mercy, as well as waiting upon him, as Lam 3 instructs. This is what can be understood by phrases such as “And forgive us our debts” and “And lead us not into temptation [trial]”. Pray for the robe of Christ’s Righteousness ‘Righteousness of God’ and ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ given in Salvation. Also pray for family and friends those who may not be saved that God might have mercy upon them, as well. This is what is meant by the command to “love your neighbor as yourself” or to “love your enemies.”
Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Matt 6:25-33 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Luke 11:9-13 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit [indwelling Holy Spirit, in other words, Salvation] to them that ask him?”
Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Phil 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
Lam 3:26 “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”
- Pray for forgiveness of sins and victory over sins.
Matt 6:12-13 “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. “
Psa 19:13-14 “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
- Pray that God might open our spiritual eyes to the marvelous truths in His Word – the Bible and Motivate us to be obedient to whatever Truth He teaches us.
Matt 6:11: “Give us this day our daily bread.[bread of life] “
Psa 119:18 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Ecc 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.