Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to pray? Or maybe you pray for the wrong things? Sometimes I think I pray for the wrong things. Not deliberately, just because I don’t know any better or haven’t thought through my words.
Today I was thinking about what to ask for when we pray. What does God want us to pray for? Not just why He wants us to pray, but what does He tell us to talk to Him about?
Now, don’t be confused- God wants to hear ANYTHING we have to say to Him. Oh yes, He does. But, His Word does give us a few things we know for sure we can ask God for. And here they are:
His love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me. Or you. Or anyone who is ready to repent and simply ask for forgiveness. I could list verse after verse here, but here’s one that I love:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I Jn. 1:9
We can always ask for wisdom in any situation or circumstance!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
3. Daily Provision
Simple reliance for our daily needs is something Jesus taught in His Prayer.
Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. 6:11
4. The ability to forgive others
When we feel ourselves not wanting to forgive others, then praying for the ability is the simplest way to be able to forgive.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matt. 6:12
When temptation has a grip, pray. When the torment of an addiction is threatening, pray. When you are your own worst enemy, pray.
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. Matt 6:13
What do you know from Scripture to ask for when you pray? I’d love it if you’d share with us.