Insights on prayer

Insights on prayer

Prayer for Revival

For your name’s sake, Lord, for your glory and honor, work amongst us to  bring revival: reveal Your holiness in such a way to bring us to our knees; show us our sinfulness enough to strike us to the ground; and then pour out the healing knowledge of how much You love and forgive us; finally, stand us again on our feet, transformed as Job was, humbled and broken, not trusting in ourselves, but trusting only in you, the great and mighty King, Creator of everything.

May our resulting worship be unbroken, deep, whole-hearted.  May our first love for you, our Bridegroom, well up continually, expressed every day by obedience in joy.  May You be glorified by our living lives worthy of You, “being filled with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding…being fruitful in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all might…so we have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to You who have qualified us to be partakes of the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For You have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Your son whom You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.” (Col 1:9-15)  Glory be to You in all I do today!


The Privilege of Prayer

So much to praise you for, O Lord. After listening to my doctor friend talk about the injustice of the social medicine system, I praise you that we are not powerless like he is. In you there is power in prayer, power to praise, to protest, to ask for provision, to be proactive and bring change.

You, Lord God, are so gracious to pour your power into our feeble lives through prayer. You give us full, immediate, intimate access to your throne room so we can bring all to you, and join you in what you are doing in each instance.  I praise you for your great answers to prayer, for how you are working in the lives of those we are interceding for, for the way you are bringing change.  We praise you, too, for the prayers that have yet been answered as far as we can tell—but we know you are at work doing so, for you are thankful.

We shout from the housetops your greatness and goodness and glory.  You are worthy of praise, you are worthy of adoration, you are worthy of obedience, for you are pure, positive and perfect.  In you can we trust!

Praying Biblical Prayers for Protection


Lord, help this person to fear you; surround him with your hedge of angels.  Protect him from the evil one and evil people.

“The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.”       –Psalm 34:7

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways….”      –Psalm 91:11

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”  –Heb 1:14

Lord, put your hedge of thorns around this person so he will be quickly  “pricked” when he strays off your path and repent. Protect him from himself.

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.”                                  –Rom. 7:18

The Lord said, “Therefore…I will hedge up your way with thorns….”                               –Hos. 2:6

“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”                               –Prov. 15:19

“In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.”                     –Prov. 22:5

Praying Scripture for Unbelievers

Prayer for unbelievers, cooperating with God in what He is doing:

“Lord bring to us those who will believe.”

1. Sight: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Cor. 4:4

Lord, give him spiritual sight!  Take away his blindness!

2. Light: “But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Proverbs 4:18,19
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Cor 4:6  John “…came as a witness to…that light, so that thought him all men might believe….”The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” John 1:7-9

“Lord, shine the light of the knowledge of the gospel deeply into his heart!”

3. Conviction: The Holy Spirit, “…will convict the world of guilt…in regard to sin because they do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness because I am going to the Father…and in regard to  judgment because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” J. 16:8-10

“Lord, may he see his guilt and come to You for forgiveness and surrender!

4. Revelation:  “…when I am lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” John 12:32 No man can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” John 6:44

“Lord, give him dreams, visions, blessings, tragedies, fears, longings, experiences, relationships, whatever is necessary to move him to seek you.”

5. Repentance:  “Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2Ti 2:25,26

“Lord, grant him repentance and lead him to a knowledge of the truth, that he may come to his senses and escape from the trap of the devil.”