Prayer is more than the recitations of well-known phrases. Prayer is the outpouring of your heart. It is turning to God as your Source in your time of difficulties and hardships, believing that He alone is able to Deliver you from all your problems and that He alone is the Answer to your every question. Prayer is powerful communication with God.
Some of you may be troubled with questions like these:
Why don't I feel better when I pray?
Why does my time with The Lord just seem to wear me out?
How am I supposed to pray?
Why do I seldom see answers to my prayers?
Is there something wrong with me?
Am I not good enough for God to listen to?
Does God really desire to answer my prayers?
“And even when you do ask, you don’t get because your whole motive is wrong. You want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:3 NLT).
So then, how can we know the prayers we pray will be effectual prayers? We can know this by praying His Word — God’s Word! As we search out The Scriptures, we will find they cover every area of our lives, including:
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). The promise of The LORD is that His Word cannot return void. Therefore, it only makes sense for us to pray The Word of God, for His Word is always His Will for our lives. “Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!” (Psalms 103:20 RSV) As you pray God’s Word, you become that voice to which the angels hearken.
Using verses from The New King James and Amplified versions of The Bible as examples, let us explore how to take verses from Scripture and turn them into an effective prayer in the paragraph that follows each one.
I am trusting that The Word will energize you with a fresh supply of strength and power as it becomes active in your life and as you learn how to search The Word out to pray over your requests and the requests of others.
Our Call for Wisdom
“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
Sample Prayer for Wisdom
Father, I require Your Wisdom. You said Wisdom is the principal thing, the most important thing I should have in my life, and You know what I require more than I do. Therefore, Father, I am asking You for Your Wisdom, and with that Wisdom give me Understanding. I believe because I have asked according to Your Word, You will liberally give Your Wisdom and Understanding to me. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Seeking The Will of God In Your Life
“Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17 AMP) .
Sample Prayers for the Will of God In Your Life
Lord, it is not my desire to be vague, thoughtless, or foolish, but I desire to understand and grasp what Your Will is for my life. Please help me to understand I have the mind of Christ. I desire to hold Your Thoughts and Purposes deep within me. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
“…We have the mind of Christ, the Messiah, and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart” (1 Corinthians 2:16b AMP).
Father, I thank You that You have my best interest at heart, and that through You, I can have the mind of Christ. Thank You, Father. Amen.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) .
Lord, I pray You would please help me to keep my heart with all diligence. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. 17) <For I always pray to> the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation <of insight into mysteries and secrets> in the <deep and intimate> knowledge of Him, 18) By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), 19) And <so that you can know and understand> what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength” (Ephesians 1:16–19 AMP).
Lord, I ask You to grant me the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation of Insight into Mysteries and Secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of You. Flood the eyes of my heart with light, so that I can know and understand the hope to which You have called me and how rich is Your Glorious Inheritance in me, Your set-apart one. So I can know and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of Your Power in me and for me as I believe, as demonstrated in the working of Your Mighty Strength which You exerted in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named above every title that can be conferred not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and world which are to come. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen
Desiring Harmony In Marriage
“Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day; not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness) not in quarreling and jealousy” (Romans 13:13 AMP).
Sample Prayers for Harmony In Marriage
Lord, please help_______________ (your spouse’s name) and me to live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the open light of day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in immorality and dishonesty, not in quarreling and jealousy. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
“…that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the gospel)” (Philippians 1:27b AMP).
Lord, please help_______________ (your spouse’s name) and me to stand firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
“However, let each man of you (without exception) love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband—that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates and esteems him; that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly.” (Ephesians 5:33 AMP).
Sample Prayer for the Husband
Lord, please help me to love_______________ (your wife’s name) as my very own self. Help ___________ to understand how to respect and reverence me. I require Your help to become the husband You desire me to be. I ask you to help _______________ honor me, prefer me, and look to me. May I be worthy of her love, and admiration. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Sample Prayer for the Wife
Lord, please help_______________ (your husband’s name) to love me as his very own self. Help ___________ and give _______________ insight as to what that really means. I pray for __________ , that he will be sensitive to Your voice and to Your Leading. May Your Will be done in _____________’s life. Help me to see ____________ as You see him. Lord, I desire to respect, revere, esteem, and defer to him, to praise and admire him. Please help me to be the wife You require me to be. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
“Drink waters out of your own cistern [of pure marriage relationship], and fresh running waters out of your own well. Should your offspring be dispersed abroad as water-brooks in the streets? [Confine yourself to your own wife] let your children be for you alone, and not the children of strangers with you. Let your fountain—of human life—be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice with the wife of your youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe [tender, gentle, attractive]; let her bosom satisfy you at all times; and always be transported with delight in her love” (Proverbs 5:15–19 AMP).
Sample Prayer for Both Husband and Wife
Father, I pray and believe that______________ (your spouse’s name) and I will drink waters out of our own cistern of pure marriage relationship and fresh running waters out of our own well; that_______________ will confine ourselves to each other and our children will be for us alone, and not the children of strangers. I ask that our fountain of human life will be blessed with the rewards of fidelity and that we will rejoice in and with each other. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Sample Prayer for the Wife
I pray that I will be as a loving hind—tender, gentle, and attractive—and that my bosom shall satisfy_______________ (your husband’s name) at all times, and he will always be transported with delight in my love. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Establishing A Home
“He led them forth by the straight and right way, that they might go to a city where they might establish their homes” (Psalms 107:7 AMP).
Sample Prayer for Establishing A Home
Lord, place in us a sensitivity to You to allow You to lead us where You desire us to establish our home. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Psalms 91 the complete chapter
Lord, as I dwell in Your secret place, I will abide under Your Shadow. I will say of You, LORD, You are my Refuge and my Fortress; my God, in You I trust. You will Deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. You will Cover me with Your Feathers, and under Your Wings do I trust. Your Truth shall be my Shield and Buckler. I will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand shall fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me.
Because I have made You my Refuge, even my Habitation, there will no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come near my home. You will give Your angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. They shall bear me up in their hands, lest I dash my foot against a stone. I will tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the enemy will I trample under foot.
Because I have set my love upon You, therefore You will Deliver me. You will set me on high because I have known Your Name. I will call upon You, and You will Answer me. You will be with me in trouble; You will Deliver me and Honor me. With long life will You satisfy me and show me Your Salvation. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Father. Amen.
God’s Protection and Guidance
Same as the above, Psalms 91. The complete chapter is also wonderful to pray for protection and guidance.
God’s Promise To Us
The promise of The LORD is His Word cannot return void. Therefore, it only makes sense for us to pray The Word of God, for His Word is always His Will for our lives.
Be aware that all attributes of The Most High God are capitalized out of love, respect, and reverence for The Trinity. Also be aware that the name satan, related names, and attributes are capitalized. I choose not to acknowledge or exemplify him even to the point of going against grammatical rules.