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A Vast Array of Prayers

If we are not careful, our prayers can follow a pattern and sound the same.  While we love God and sincerely want to please him by talking with him daily, we sometimes use the same phrases and pray for the same needs over and over falling into a pattern of repetition.
If we follow the prayers prayed by the early church, their prayer list covered a vast array of things.  Join with us (and the early church) this week and pray for the following:
  • God would exalt his name in the world.  “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9).
  • Pray that God would save unbelievers.  “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved”  (Romans 10:1).
  • Pray for miraculous deliverances. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5).
  • Pray for strategic wisdom.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
  • Pray for unity and harmony in the ranks.  “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me”  (John 17:20-21).
  • Pray for a mind of discernment.  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:9-10).
  • Pray for greater faith.  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, Ephesians 3:17).
  • Pray that you might not fall into temptation.  “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
  • Pray for protection from the evil one.  “Deliver us from evil”  (Matthew 6:13).

Have a great week.