Pray to obey God immediately rather than eventually. Remember that delayed obedience is really disobedience.
Pray for a heart to serve, hands to work, and a spirit that glorifies God.
Pray to live joyfully and spread love.
Pray to see the good in others.
Prayer for the courage to do the right thing.
Pray for illumination as you read God’s word.
Pray for pastors.
Pray to learn how to plan for the future while taking life one day at a time.
Pray for God to guide your goals and for the fortitude to follow wherever He leads.
Pray for your significant other and for relationships generally.
Pray for husbands.
Pray for wives.
Pray for sons.
Pray for clergy.
Pray for daughters.
Pray for extended family.
Pray for people who are like family to you.
Pray for the Obamas and Bidens as they transition out of the White House.
Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence as they take office.
Pray for your friends. Take the time to name them individually and prayer for their specific concerns.
Pray for churches.
Pray for people with disabilities.
Pray for educators.
Pray for students.
Pray to stay more connected to your loved ones than you are to your technology.
Pray that you will forgive when given the opportunity.
Pray to learn to forgive yourself.
Pray for missionaries.
Pray to recognize when it’s time to stop. Too often we keep talking, trying, pushing, etc., when God has told us to back off.
Pray to know when to press through a problem and for the strength to do so. Too often we give up when God has a miracle waiting around the bend.
Pray for your ability to love to expand to places you never dreamed possible.
Pray for discernment. Satan wants to confuse and immobilize you. Ask God to make His will and His presence clear.
Pray for first responders and their families. Their sacrifices keep us safe and should never be taken for granted.
Pray for intimacy to be the loving expression of marital commitment that God intended. Also pray for an end to exploitative sex in all of its forms.
Pray for lay church leaders.
Pray for babies. Even the healthiest ones are tiny and entirely dependent on their caregivers.
Pray for caregivers of all sorts.
Pray for not only diseases to be cured but also to be prevented and eradicated.
Pray for children who need parents. And if you feel called to do more than pray, do that too.
Pray for the planet and for wisdom on how to play your part.
Pray for the artists, creators, and dreamers.
Pray for church ministries to focus more on accomplishing their missions than pleasing their members.
Pray for humility. You don’t need to be the center of the universe.
Valentine’s Day isn’t a happy day for everyone, for a variety of reasons. Pray for those who find this holiday unpleasant.
Pray that as you grow older you also grow wiser.
Pray for people who aren’t like you. Although you may not know their struggles personally, you can be in their corner while they struggle.
Pray for full bellies for the the children who will probably go to sleep tonight without one.
Pray for forever homes for all of the children waiting for one, especially the children who are beyond preschool age and have probably given up hope.
Pray for God’s word to heal as He intended it to.
Pray that your actions and your convictions align.
Pray to recognize your gifts and use them to your fullest ability.
Pray to sow joy in a world that frequently loses it.
Pray for cancer patients and survivors.
Pray for the artists, whatever their medium, to keep doing their important work.
Pray for international peace.
Pray for insight into God’s will and vision to implement it.
Pray for people born as multiples and their families. Extra joy isn’t the only byproduct of bringing multiples into the world.
Pray that as Black History Month ends, valuing and recognizing the ongoing contributions of African Americans doesn’t end along with it.
Lord, as we enter the third month of the year and realize we’ve not kept our New Year’s resolutions, and as we enter the lenten season and prepare ourselves to make sacrifices, help us to remember You. Help us to realize that pleasing you with our obedience is better than making self-serving sacrifices. Help us […]
Father God, if I’m standing in the way of Your outpouring of blessings in my life, please move me. Get me in the place You need me to be, and help me to quit kicking and screaming while You do it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Heavenly Father, it’s so easy to be inwardly focused. Help me to see those in need, and help me to fill as many needs as I can. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Oh God, my journey feels so hard. It would be so much easier to succumb to my temptations, but I’m trying not to, Lord. I’m really trying. You said that if I submit to You and resist Satan that he will flee. I don’t feel strong enough to submit and resist, but I’m holding strong […]
Your love overwhelms me, Lord. I’m awed by Your grace and soothed by Your mercy. I rest easy knowing You are omniscient and omnipresent. What other god knows everything and is everywhere? There is nowhere I can go that not only have you determined my footsteps but are there to guide me or carry me […]
I can’t help but thinking about how many times I’ve given up on myself, Lord, and that You’ve never given up on me once. Thank You for seeing good in me, even when I couldn’t see it myself. Help me to see myself and others through Your eyes. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord, use me as Your hands here on earth, whenever, wherever, and however You see fit. Give me a spirit that responds, “Yes!” every time you call. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord, help me to show grace. While I’ll never match the grace You have shown to me, I can shower grace on those around me, but only with Your help. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God, I’m selfish, and I crave attention. I want the universe to revolve around me. Change my heart, Lord. Instead of seeing me, let people see You in me, so when the attention I seek comes, and when the world orbits me like a satellite, You will receive the recognition and glory, because You alone […]
Thank You for being a compassionate and loving God. Thank You for taking those qualities all the way to Calvary and remembering them when You were spat upon and whipped, when Your head was crowned with thorns and Your appendages nailed to a cross. Thank You for invoking them when I deserve anything but your […]
Today Lord, I’m thankful for quiet blessings. I love the loud blessings like healings and checkbook miracles, but I don’t want to forget about the quiet blessings like consistently good health and economic stability. Thank You for the daily blessing I take for granted, the blessings I’ve grown so accustomed to that I don’t even […]
So many people have a skewed vision of Christianity and consequently have a skewed vision of You. You are a God who loves everyone, and as Your people we should demonstrate that same love. Please forgive me for the times I’ve not represented You well. Forgive me for my words and actions that have pushed […]
Lord, sometimes I feel lost and directionless. I need Your marching orders. Where do You want me to go? What do You want me to do? Help me to look to You for direction in my life instead of to everyone else. You alone know the path You’ve mapped out for me, and how silly […]
Bless my children. And the other children in my family. And my friends’ children. And all of the children at my children’s schools. And all of the children in other schools. And children who can’t go to school. And children who aren’t old enough for school yet. Bless the children. All of the children everywhere. […]
Consistency is difficult. It’s hard to make myself do the same things over and over. It’s hard to build good habits when reverting into bad ones is so much easier. Help me to resist the easy path and instead build a life where I consistently pray, follow You, keep my word, honor my commitments, do […]
God, I just want to do Your will. Please help me to know it and give me the courage do it. I’m asking this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord, I am so sorry for the times I’ve looked to other gods besides You. I’ve idolized family members, facebook, work, the internet, and all sorts of other things. I apologize for the times things have taken precedence over my relationship with You. Thank You that Your arms are always waiting to receive me. Help […]
Jesus, I’m looking forward to Your return. Until then, help me to stay on the course You have set before me, and help me to be Your arms, legs, hands, and feet here on earth. It’s in Your name I pray. Amen.
You are higher than everything, and I’m humbled to be in Your presence. As we go to worship, help us to recognize how wonderful it is to be able to do so.
Lord, I need to get in shape – spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally. Fortunately for me, You are God over all of those areas. Teach me how to exercise all of those muscles, and grant me the discipline to do so regularly. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Please bless our leaders. Give them the wisdom to govern wisely, Lord. And in our own roles of leadership in our spheres of influence, whether great or small, please grant us the same. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Sweet Jesus, I’m thinking about my Lent sacrifices again. And thinking about them is all I seem to be doing. In past years I’ve stuck to my sacrifices, but I’m struggling this year. I think perhaps I decided what to sacrifice instead of allowing You to let me know what would honor You best. Thank […]
Lord, help me to be hard on sin (not just the ones that make headlines but the lesser publicized ones, like worrying) and soft on sinners (not just the ones who make the headlines but also the ones who don’t, like my family and myself). In Jesus’ name, amen.
God, for all of those who are mourning, bless them. Encourage them. Strengthen them. Comfort them. Let them know it’s ok to grieve. Help them to feel what they’re feeling. Reassure them that they don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations for how they should grieve. And when grief swells up days, weeks, months, […]
God, thank You for grace. Sometime things just slip our minds, but You help us press on anyway.
Heavenly Father, today’s prayer is simple. Deliver us from evil, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God, I need Your direction. Help me know what to do, where to go, what to say, how to live in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord, when I look around I see so much in the world that needs help. It’s overwhelming. Help me to do the best with what I have where I am. help me to fill the needs that I see and prayer for the ones that are further from me. Also help me to expand my […]
God, bless the students and educators. Spring time is so hard in the life cycle of academia. Going on break just makes it harder to come back, but we all need the break so desperately. It’s a horrible catch-22. When blossoms start popping out on trees and green shoots break the surface of the cold […]
Lord, I’m weary of all of the doing. Please teach me how to order my life according to Your plan, which includes both work and rest. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thank You for Your new mercies this morning. Thank You for Your unfailing love and your faithfulness. My hope and my future are in You alone. Thank You for Your salvation. Amen, in Jesus’ name.
What? It’s April? Where is the year going? I haven’t done enough, Lord. I haven’t shared your gospel enough. I haven’t been enough. And we’re starting the second quarter of the year. Lord, help me to focus on You, not worry about what I haven’t done, seek You for what to do, and press on in […]
Lord, please bless the pastors and church planters. Their work is difficult, thankless, and necessary. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord, You are great and greatly to be praised. I just wanted You to know I love You.
Thank You, Lord for the right to vote and the ability and opportunity to exercise the right. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Some days I just get weary, Lord. Help me not grow weary in well-doing. You said we will reap if we don’t faint. I’m relying on You and Your word in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord, sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. The “it” to which I refer changes moment by moment, but even with my ever revolving door of “it”s, I wonder. I know it’s worth it, whatever and whenever the it is, if it brings You glory. If it helps my family. If it encourages someone. If […]
God, You gave us our precious children, and this world isn’t good enough for them. Help us to make it a better place for them if not for ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God, thank You for the freedom to worship You without fear. For those who don’t have the same freedom, please keep them strong in their faith and reassure them that wherever Your Spirit is, there is liberty. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God, thank You for not shrinking back when Calvary was before You.
God, You are extravagant, sometimes ridiculously so, in Your blessings. Thank You! And please keep them coming, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord, Your faithful love of the Lord never ends! Your mercies never cease. Great is Your faithfulness; Your mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in You!” Lord, You are good to those who depend on You, to those who search for You. Amen (Lamentations 3:22-25)
Thank You for facing betrayal and willingly accepting consequences You didn’t earn.
Lord, while we anticipate celebrating Your resurrection, let us not forget that it came at a great cost. In Your name, amen.
We wait, Lord, with anticipation, on Your return.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
Pray for God’s wisdom to guide you as you face every decision, not just the big ones.
Pray to recognize how your sins impact people so that you can find the urgency to repent.
Pray for those who suffer silently.
Ask for God’s guidance before making commitments, and once you have committed to something, ask God to help you honor it.
Pray for the wisdom and courage to move swiftly when God calls.
Pray for people to understand that God and science are not at odds, even if one of those people is you.
Pray for the patience to wait while God moves. His timing may not fit ours, but it’s perfect.
Pray for new opportunities to glorify God in new ways.
Ask God to help You remember that He is in control and to give the wisdom and strength to act accordingly.
God gave you a beautiful body that is strong and hardworking and designed for the life you lead. Pray to remember these things when you forget and for the foresight to take care of this amazing body while you still can.
If you find yourself wondering where all the time has gone, ask God to redeem your time for you. You might also ask Him to help you make better use of the time you have, which includes enjoying your family, chewing your food, and spending some time reflecting. Life is fast-paced, but you’re doing yourself […]
Pray for all of the kids who are missing from home and for their loved ones. Whether the children left intentionally or by force, they are in danger, and they are missed.
Pray for people to get over their petty differences on focus on things that actually matter.
Pray for people outside of your family and friends circle.
Thank God for what He didn’t let happen.
Pray for all of the people who happened to be born black and male and currently reside in the US. It’s a dangerous world for them.
Pray for a spirit of generosity to permeate your soul and bubble up in your actions.
Pray for peace.
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Pray to be your best self, especially when you feel like being something less.
Pray to be more like Jesus.
Pray for the confidence, courage, and determination to do the right thing, even if you’re doing it alone.
Pray to take everything God has given you (money, wealth, fame, talents, skills, generosity, home, faith, a way with words, whatever it might be) and use it to glorify Him.
Pray to recognize how desperately you need God and then to act accordingly.
Pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Pray to spend less time making excuses and more time doing God’s will.
Pray for wisdom for yourself and everyone else.
Pray for all of the mothers and all of their children.
Pray to get serious about God, because he is very serious about you.
Pray to recognize the spiritual battles being waged all around you.
Pray to seek God first.
Put on the whole armor of God. You’re already in the fight; you might as well be prepared.
Pray to use your gifts wisely instead of frivolously.
Pray for a shield of protection to cover you and your loved ones and those who don’t have anyone to love them.
Pray to exercise love that liberates.
Pray to do God’s will in all you do.
Pray to recognize God’s answers when He sends them.
Be anxious for nothing.
Pray for justice.
Pray for God’s presence in your life.
Pray to channel your anger in appropriate directions in order to make positive change.
Pray to seek to change yourself more than you seek to change others.
Pray for the families and loved ones of those who gave their lives in service to our country.
Pray to do the right thing in the right way at the right time.
Pray for our leaders, y’all. They need it.
Pray for your family’s safety.
Pray to see life through someone else’s eyes and to learn from that experience.
Pray to be who you are in this moment and not worry too much about who you were yesterday.
Pray for justice.
Pray to be attuned to what your loved ones don’t say as well as to what they do.
Pray to learn to love your neighbor.
Pray for marriages.
Pray for people who don’t have anything in common with you.
Pray for faith.
Pray to recognize the beauty all around you.
God did not give you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Pray to live like you believe that.
Pray for renewal and renewed strength.
Pray for your significant other, even if you haven’t met him or her yet.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Pray for the people you get the chance to watch grow up – children, nieces, nephews, friends of the family, church members, whoever. It’s a blessing to be allowed into their lives for even a moment.
TGIF. It’s not just a saying or the name of a restaurant. It’s a declaration of prayer and praise. For some people, making it to Friday is a legitimate accomplishment. And I’m going to celebrate with them, when God brings them through.
Pray to remember it’s not abut you and then act like it.
Pray to learn how to extend grace to yourself.
Pray for teenagers and their parents.
Pray for black people. It’s a very dangerous world for us.
Pray for more people to care about the environment.
Pray for your enemies.
Pray for the ability to show love to those who are hardest to love.