As I do my Bible reading, I am starting to compile the prayers that I come across. I will also post them here. When it comes to prayer, we often find ourselves repeating the exact same prayers day after day.
We offer prayers of thanks for food at meals, sometimes including housing, clothing and good health.
Then we make petitions.
If we get really lazy, it comes out something like this:
Lord, please help Billy have a good day.
Lord, please watch over us we travel.
Lord, please grant grace for my encounters today.
None of these are bad prayers. We do need to be thankful and we
do need the Lord's help and grace today. But we should also be growing
in our prayers and learning to pray expansively in the Lord's will.
After all, He tells us that when we pray in His will, we have the
request. Wouldn't you like that?
When we learn to pray in the Lord's
will, we are becoming Christ minded. This gives us even more boldness
to be importunate in our prayers, seeking those things that we know are
the revealed will of God and seeking them diligently until He grants
The best way to grow in the Lord's will in prayer is to mimic Spirit
inspired prayers in Scripture. Some of them we should pray directly
but we can use them all as templates to teach us how to pray.
Of course, there is the Lord's Prayer and we could argue that we should
use that prayer as the base template. And then, inside that
template, we should be learning what else to pray.
So, here is one from Philippians to pray for fellow Christians.
Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet
more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve
things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence
till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of
righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of