“Lord, teach us to pray.” —Luke 11:1
If even the disciples who walked with Jesus needed instruction in prayer, then we shouldn’t feel badly asking for guidance either. There is no universal template for communicating with God, but guided prayers offer us a map where we can arrange our thoughts and explore different routes of communication. Whether you recite these prayers or use them as a jumping-off point, follow Jesus’ lead—He is our chief intercessor, so He knows a thing or two about prayer.
Sample Prayers, excerpted from the Praying With Purpose Prayer Cards
Topic: God’s Faithfulness
I’m filled with wonder, God, when I think of Your great faithfulness. When things look impossible, You come through in amazing ways. Truly nothing is too hard for You. I remember all You’ve done in the past and praise Your name! When I don’t understand an outcome, I will lift up my heart to You in trust. You are faithful, and Your ways never fail. I look forward with joy to seeing Your plans fulfilled. Thank You for Your perfect works. Amen.
Topic: Intimacy With God
God, You are wonderful. Each new glimpse of who You are feeds my soul, and I long to know more. Open my ears to hear Your voice above the noise of the world. Give me a hunger for Your Word. May Your Holy Spirit be my guide, leading me ever deeper into the riches of Your heart. Draw me closer to You every day and fill me with the truth. Thank You for sharing Yourself with me. I lift my heart to You in grateful praise! I ask all these things in Jesus’ holy name, amen.
Thank You, God, for the hope I have today. The trail ahead is shrouded in darkness, but You’re my light. Though I’m tempted to fear all is lost, I know You never fail. Guide my steps, because You know the way. When plans evaporate and goals vanish, give me new direction. Every morning is a fresh beginning in Your great faithfulness. So I take Your hand in this place and sing a song of praise. In Your name Jesus, I have hope. Amen.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your power within me. You are almighty. Challenges may threaten to knock me over, but in You I’m more than a conqueror. So no matter how fierce or relentless the battle, I will not give up. When the enemy of my soul taunts me with past failures, I will boast in You. Be the strength I need to emerge victorious today—over doubt, discouragement, and every other foe. Thank You, Lord. There is no one greater than You. Amen.
Topic: Family and Loved Ones
God, please bless my family and friends. I trust them to Your infinite wisdom and love. Provide for their needs and protect them. Draw them close to You. For those who don’t know You, please open their eyes to salvation through Your Son, Jesus. Show me where I need to purify my heart or seek forgiveness. Make me a blessing to each one—loving, encouraging, and helping wherever I can. Thank you for all the ways You tenderly care for us. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Remember that prayer doesn’t have to be poetic to be powerful. Though it may seem old-fashioned, the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 still provides a concise yet comprehensive pattern for modern day disciples.
Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name.
Begin your address with adoration! Magnifying the glorious attributes of the Lord—love, power, grace, wisdom, etc.—reminds you of who He is. And when your mind is focused on His unfaltering character, it becomes easier to trust Him with your hopes, needs, and hurts.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
As the hands and feet of Christ, we are equipped to usher in the King’s dominion until His reign covers the whole earth. When you seek the Lord’s specific will for the day, take a moment to imagine what our fallen world will look like when it is perfectly reconciled with heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
To be human is to have needs. But instead of shaming our humanity, Jesus invites us to express our needs directly to the Father. What do you need today? God wants to hear about it.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Forgiveness isn’t a self-contained transaction between us and God. It’s an all-encompassing grace intended to connect us to God and each other—both those who’ve hurt us and those we’ve hurt. Use this as an opportunity to confess, repent, and receive the healing that comes from shedding grudges.
And do not lead us into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Evil is out there, but take heart: God always provides us with a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). All you have to do is ask for His help, and obediently surrender.
For Yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever.
Begin with adoration; end with adoration. Ultimately, no matter what we face in life, this world is not our home. Before you say amen, take a moment to remind yourself that God is the Alpha and Omega—He is always with you. He knows your story from beginning to end, and as the Author and Perfecter of your faith, it’s His job to guide you through everything in between. Let your sigh of relief become an exhale of praise.
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