Have you ever felt the need to pray, but didn’t know what to pray for? You may not have even had a particular need, but you felt like you should pray. That’s when I like to pray Scripture.
There are many prayers already in Scripture that are great to agree with. Let’s take for example a prayer that Paul prayed over the Ephesians in chapter 1 of that letter. Starting in verse Sixteen Paul says:
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that he worked in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly places.”
Looking at this prayer, we see he first starts with thanksgiving, then he asks the Father to give his friends a Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know more about God. He also asks that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened, (some versions say “opened”), so they may know the hope they were called to. Also, he prays they would know the riches of God’s glorious inheritance as believers. He concludes this prayer asking God that they would know the immeasurable greatness of God’s power directed towards those who believe, according to the great might that God worked in Christ.
Working this into a prayer, I might word it like this:
Father, thank you that we can come to you in agreement with the prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians. Father, would you give me and my family a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus? Would you open the eyes of our hearts so we would know the hope to which you have called us? Help us to know the glorious inheritance we have with you. Expand our understanding of your immeasurable greatness and power that you focus towards me and my family, in the same way that you worked when you raised Jesus from the dead!
I ask this in your Son’s precious name, Amen!
If you are having trouble with putting it into your own words, that is okay. There have been plenty of times where I just read the Scripture and added something as simple as “Lord, let this be true in my life.”
Here are a few prayers that are in scripture that you can try:
Romans 15:5-6 A prayer for Unity
Romans 15:13 A prayer for Joy and Peace
1 Corinthians 1:4-9 A prayer for endurance
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 A prayer for God’s comfort
Ephesians 3:14-21 A prayer for being strengthened
Ephesians 6:19-20 A prayer for boldness
Philippians 1:9-11 For more love, and discernment
Philippians 4:6-7 For peace
Colossians 1:9-14 For bearing fruit
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 For more Love and holiness
1 Timothy 2:1 Prayer for our leaders
2 Timothy 1:3-7 For God’s gifts to grow in us
Philemon 4-7 For sharing the gospel
Hebrews 13:20-21 For equipping to do His will
Jude 24 To keep us from stumbling
In addition to all of these verses, the Psalms are full of prayers to the Lord for help in all sorts of situations. I highly encourage you to take time to write out these prayers and pull them out when you feel stuck.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.
•Tim McKeon lives with his family in Blackshear. He is a mining engineer who loves to encourage people in their walk with God.