God doesn’t throw us into the deep end without a flotation device. The intimacy shared with God relies on prayer. God wants this relationship, so he gives us plenty of details about communicating effectively with him in His Word.
God is our Heavenly Father. We can talk to him about anything. The means of talking to him is through prayer.
He wants to hear from us. He makes communication simple and keeps all the difficult aspects (how do my words from Earth reach his ear in Heaven?) for himself.
Even though our Father desires frequent one-to-one chats, He gives specific instructions about things He expects us to talk to him about.
Here are six things you must pray about according to God’s Word:
- Pray for our enemies (Matt. 5:44) This is the hardest one for me. That’s why I put it at the top of the list.
- Pray for all men (1 Tim. 2:1) Similar to the first one, but exhaustive. I’m supposed to pray for everyone? Yep. How long will this take? Better get started.
- Pray for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:2) It doesn’t matter if we like them or not (see the first item on the list if you really despise them). God gives us two really great reasons to pray for them: we’ll have a quiet and peaceable life and our life will be filled with godliness and honesty.
- Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) Don’t know what to do? God’s happy to supply the wisdom for every situation. My problem: I move ahead before the wisdom arrives. Not a bright idea.
- Pray for the afflicted (James 5:13) I notice that most prayer requests in church have to do with this item. Someone has cancer, an upcoming surgery, they’re sick or they’ve lost their job. I think most of us remember this one on most days.
- Pray for each other (James 5:16) I like to picture our church building. I start at the front pews and work my way back, praying for each person when I come to the spot where they generally sit. It’s an awesome feeling when I remember my brothers and sisters pray for me. Maybe they are doing it RIGHT NOW!
We know Daniel prayed three times every day (Dan. 6:10). Whether morning, noon, or night, God is waiting to hear from us.
Now that you know what to pray about, go ahead. Pray. God’s listening.
Up next week: Prayer: Requirements for the Petitioner