Prayer Guide

The Lord’s Prayer

A Devotional and Practical Guide to Matthew 6:9-13
 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.—Romans 12:12
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.—James 5:16

 

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name,

Begin your time of prayer with praise and worship unto God your Heavenly Father. Take your time and be thorough, thanking God for His salvation in Jesus, His gracious provision, and His many blessings in your life. Most of all, worship God for who He is. Worship and praise invites the presence of God on your prayer time, looses His hand to bestow special blessings, and most of deeply pleases Him! 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.—Ps 100:4

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel—Ps 22:3

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.—Ps 50:23
 

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in Heaven.

Invite the perfect will of God to be done. God’s Spirit works through His praying people to accomplish His plan in the earth.

First, pray for yourself. No one knows your needs and need to fully surrender to God like you do.

I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.—Ps 40:8

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.—1 John 2:17

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.—Romans 12:2 

Second, pray for your family members by name:

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD.—2 Chronicles 20:12-13

Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children…—Lamentations 2:19

Third, pray for your church family—for its leadership and overall spiritual well-being:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.—Ephesians 6:18

We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.—2 Thessalonians 1:11

Pray for secular government authorities:

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness…I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.—1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8

Pray for God’s will to be done through His church around the world and for worldwide missionary efforts that sinners would come to Christ.

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.—2 Thessalonians 3:1
 

Give us today our daily bread,

Pray for provision, for wisdom, and spiritual guidance in your finances.

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.—Ps 37:25

 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.—Ps 81:10

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”—Malachi 3:10
 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Sincerely repent of known sins, ask forgiveness for them and for hidden faults, and choose to forgive those who have offended and hurt you.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.—1 John 1:9

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.—Colossians 3:13

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.—Matthew 5:44-45
 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Pray for strength to turn from sin and for protection over your life and family.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.—Ps 91:1

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.—John 17:15

When you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.—1 Corinthians 10:13
 

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

End your time of prayer as you opened it—in worship.

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”—Revelation 4:11