Prayers Using God’s Word

In 2012, I was in Colorado Springs at the time of the appalling Aurora movie massacre. The incident alone makes me realize what kind of world we live in and how important it is to pray. But I’ll admit. I need help. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray and if my words are reaching heavenly places.

One thing I know for sure. Making use of God’s words from the Bible is an effective way to pray. We can pray for friends, family, and co-workers. These are some power-packed prayers that come directly from the Bible. I’ve personalized each as an example.

Philippians 1:9-11.

And this is my prayer for my daughters: that your love for your families may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that both of you may be able to discern what is best in your daily lives, making wise decisions. May you be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

2Thessalonians 1:11-12

I constantly pray for my critique partners, that our God may continue to count you worthy of His calling for you as a writer, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose for your novels and every word you write prompted by your faith. I pray every word you pen will glorify our Lord Jesus, and that you will be blessed in Him, according to God’s grace.

Now try writing your own prayer with Colossians 1: 9-12.

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding that the spirit gives, so that you many live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

Dear Lord, I pray for the reader of this devotional that they will utilize Your holy Word in their prayers for their loved ones and realize the power we have in You.

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