Prayer For Times Of Refreshing With God
Study 7 REVIVAL COMES WHEN CHRISTIANS PRAY – Words of Life Ministries
PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER by Francis Dixon
(Scripture Portion: Psalm 85:1-13)
The Church’s greatest need today is for revival! Charles Finney said, ‘A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat. In any community a revival can be secured from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die, or if needs be to win and die …’ (Matthew 11:12).
In a very real sense revival is always the sovereign work of God and He either gives it or He does not give it; but it is also true that wherever God’s people are prepared to really pray, then revival will be the result. Prayer is not the only condition, as 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes clear.
Failure to meet any of the conditions outlined in this key-verse would be an obstacle, but if there is one human condition more important than another, and which in a very real way includes the other conditions, it is that of prayer; God’s people have never really prayed without experiencing some measure of revival.
- Years ago Dr R. A. Torrey made this statement: “I have a theory, and I believe it to be true, that there is not a church, chapel or mission on earth where you cannot have a revival, provided there is a nucleus of faithful people who will hold on to God until it comes.”
1. REVIVAL COMES WHEN CHRISTIANS PRAY
Let us begin this study by a simple demonstration of the fact that God sends gracious times of refreshing in answer to the prayers of His people. He never fails to do this.
- 1. The divine promises in the Bible prove it. Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:12-13; 33:3; Zechariah 12:10; Malachi 3:10; 1 John 5:14-15. These references show that God is willing to send revival and will do so in answer to the prayers of His people.
- 2. The historic examples of revival recorded in the Old Testament prove it. For instance, compare 1 Samuel 7:1-14; 2 Chronicles 29:3-36; Nehemiah 1:5-11. In the Book of Judges we notice that time and time again the people turned to God in prayer, and each time He graciously answered them.
- 3. The historic accounts of revival recorded in the New Testament prove it. The great revival at Jerusalem was preceded and followed by much prayer, as Acts 1:13-14, 2:1-4, 2:37-47 tell us. Look up Acts 4:23-31 and notice that it was prayer that immediately preceded this wonderful outpouring of blessing. The revivals at Samaria (Acts 8:5-8), Antioch (Acts 11:19-26), Philippi (Acts 16:25-34) and Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7 and 18-20) were all preceded by prayer.
- 4. The inspiring records of revivals that have occurred in more recent times prove it. The Moravian revival; the revival under David Brainerd, Whitefield, and the Wesleys; the revivals in 1857 and 1859, the revivals under Moody and Sankey, and under Torrey and Alexander, the awakening in Wales in 1904, and the undoubted (though possibly restricted) movement of the Holy Spirit in more recent times in the Hebrides, in London and in Scotland, where there have most certainly been times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord - all these were preceded by much prayer. As the result of prayer God answered by pouring out a great blessing.
- 5. The personal experience of many of us proves it. Have we not prayed and seen the Lord working mightily in answer to our prayers? We have prayed for personal revival (Psalm 138:7); we have prayed for the revival of the work God has committed to our hands (Psalm 85:6); and we have prayed for a revival in the work of God generally (Habakkuk 3:2); and as we have prayed, always God has sent revival, in some measure, in answer to our prayers.
2. THE KIND OF PRAYER THAT PROMOTES REVIVAL
What kind of prayer is it that precedes and promotes the outpouring of divine blessing upon our lives or upon the work of God generally? Here are some answers to this vital question:-
- 1. Prayer that has come as the result of a deeply-felt need. Have you ever read Nehemiah 1:3-11? If not, please do so now and see how the need in Jerusalem drove Nehemiah to his knees to seek the Lord in prayer. How burdened this man was! As he heard of the state of Jerusalem he wept over it - and so did the Lord Jesus (Luke 19:41). Have we any tears?
- 2. Prayer that is marked by a Spirit-born intensity. Look up Isaiah 44:3; 66:8; Daniel 9:3-22. In biblical days, when the need was very urgent, the people of God would fast as well as pray - compare 2 Chronicles 20:2-30; Ezra 8:21-23; Nehemiah 1:3-4 - and they held on to the Lord until the blessing came - compare 1 Samuel 15:11; Luke 11:5-10; 18:1-8. What sacrifices are we willing to make in order that we may experience revival, either in our own lives or in our church?
- 3. Prayer that is linked with wholehearted obedience. Read Joshua chapter 7, particularly noting verses 6-9. As surely as we begin really to pray the Lord will reveal those things in our lives that need to be removed before revival can come. Instant obedience is what the Lord wants - look up Acts 5:32.
- 4. Prayer that is accompanied by a child- faith. Compare Genesis 18:14; Matthew 13:58; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24; Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 5:14-15. Just think what faith Elijah had! - James 5:16-18. How we need to pray the prayer of Luke 17:5!
- 5. Prayer that is offered with a God-glorifying motive. James 4:3 is our guide. What is our motive for wanting revival? It should be that our Lord Jesus Christ may see of the suffering of His soul and be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11).
Times of Refreshing and the Restoration of All Things
And now, brethren, I also know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
In just few minutes we will hear the choir sing a compositioncalled “Gloria” by John Rutter. You can see from your worship foldersthat the content of the piece is mainly praise: it begins and endswith, “Glory to God in the highest!”
Three Reasons for Singing, “Glory to God”
What I want to do in preparation is to put in your head and inyour heart three clear, Bible-based reasons for why we should sing,”Glory to God in the highest!” I want there to be truth in yourminds that makes you feel about this music—”Yes, that's whatwe ought to say! That's what we ought do! Yes, God is worthy ofthat! Sing it choir! Sing it!” And we will rise up and join themwith “O Come All Ye Faithful” at the end.
We will take the next five verses in the book of Acts (3:17–21)as the basis of three great reasons for singing, “Glory to God inthe highest.”
GOD FULFILLS HIS HOPE-GIVING PROMISES IN SPITE OF ANDTHROUGH THE OPPOSITION OF IGNORANT PEOPLE.
Acts 3:17–18: “And now, therefore, brethren, I know that youacted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretoldby the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, hethus fulfilled.”
What highlights the glory of God in these verses is that thepeople who opposed Jesus and betrayed him and slandered him andmocked him and crucified him were all ignorant of God's purposes,and what was really happening. Yet verse 18 says that it isprecisely through the opposition of this ignorance that Godfulfilled all his promises that Christ should suffer for sinnersand bear the sins of many.This means that when God decrees to fulfill some good purposefor us, no amount of opposition from ignorance or godlessness canstop him. He will simply make all opposition and all ignoranceserve his purpose.
That's reason #1 for why we should be full of praise thismorning, and sing, “Glory to God in the highest”: God fulfills hishope-giving promises in spite of and through the opposition ofignorant people.
GOD WIPES AWAY ALL THE SINS OF PEOPLE WHO REPENT ANDTURN TO CHRIST.
Verse 19: “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins maybe blotted out.”
The reason God fulfilled what the prophets spoke about thesuffering of the Messiah was so that the suffering of Jesus would be thetriumph over all guilt. The prophet said, “He was wounded for ourtransgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was thechastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we arehealed.”
So if you repent toward God this morning and turn to trust thiscrucified and risen Messiah, Jesus, all your sins will be wipedaway. It's a beautiful word—the same one used in Revelationfor the wiping away of every tear.
That's the second reason for singing, “Glory to God in the highest” this morning. God wipes away all the sins of all whorepent and turn to Christ.
GOD WILL ONE DAY ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST UPONTHIS EARTH.
Notice, as I read these final verses, three wonderful things aboutthis future kingdom—our future.
Acts 3:19b–21: “19b) . . .
that times of refreshing might comefrom the presence of the Lord [#1, our future will be an age ofrefreshment; we really will mount up with wings eagles], 20)and that he [God] may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus [#2,our future will be with Jesus; finally we will see and know himface-to-face], 21) whom heaven must receive until the time forestablishing all that God spoke by the mouth of holy prophets fromof old [#3, literally it reads: 'until the times for therestoration of all things.' So our future will be in a new world the garden of Eden. Things will be restored. Not just it.But it and better! All pain, all tragedy, all catastrophe, allfrustration, all futility will be gone].”
So that's reason #3 for singing to God this morning. Let me sumthem all up and send us into the Gloria with hearts full of truth.And it may be that what the truth and the music do for you ismake you hungry for prayer about some need in your life. If so, weinvite you to find one of our prayer teams after the service andask them to pray with you about it.
THREE REASONS TO SOAR WITH THE CHOIR AS THEY GIVE GLORYTO GOD.
- Reason #1. God fulfills his hope-giving promises in spite of and through the opposition of ignorant people.
- Reason #2. God wipes away all the sins of people who repent and turn to Christ.
- Reason #3. God will one day establish the kingdom of Christ on the earth.
It will be a time of refreshing. It will be a time with Jesusface to face. It will be a time when everything will be restored tobeauty and goodness and truth to the glory of God.
Choral Praise The Sanctuary Choir Dean Palermo, Director
GLORIAby John Rutter
Gloria in excelsis Deo (glory in the highest to God)! And onearth be peace among all men who are of good will.
We praise Your name, and we bless Your great name! We adore Yourname, and we glorify Your name!
Thank You, Lord, we give You thanks for Your mercy. Giving allthe glory to You, Lord. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
O Lord God, King of glory God our Father, the Almighty King. Youare the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
O Lord God, Lamb of God, You are the only Son of the Father, OLord God, Son of the Father, You are the Almighty King of Glory!
You bear the sin of Your children, Lord, have mercy on us.
Hear our prayer as we cry to You for mercy. You intercede beforethe Father, Lord, have mercy on us.
IIIFor the Lord is high and holy You are the only Lord God andFather of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And with the Holy Ghost in glory to the Father. Amen. Gloria inexcelsis Deo! Amen!
A Prayer for God’s Help in Times of Trouble
“May your God, who you serve continually, rescue you!” – Daniel 6:16
The Story of Daniel: The Power of Prayer and Faith in Times of Great Trouble
If anyone needed help in time of trouble, it was Daniel. This verse finds him sentenced to a pit of lions for praying to and worshiping God (Daniel 6:13-18).
The administrators set to serve under the current reign of King Darius were bent on removing Daniel from his seat.
Daniel had found favor with King Nebuchadnezzar and King Belshazzar prior to King Darius’ reign through his interpretation of dreams and godly wisdom.
So, they convinced the king to “issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thrifty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions den” (Daniel 6:7). The king, not realizing that the “royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed …”(6:7) did not include Daniel, agreed.
The rest is history. We read in Daniel 6 the infamous story of Daniel’s bravery in the face of his choice to worship the Lord over the law (6: 10).
The king, distraught over the decree he was tricked into issuing (Daniel 6:14), nevertheless sealed Daniel into the lion’s den (v. 17). Unable to eat or sleep (v. 18), the king rushed to the den at dawn.
“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” (vv. 19-20)
“My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions,” came Daniel’s reply from the den.
The decree was reversed, requiring all in the land to worship God, and those who had conspired against Daniel were themselves tossed into the lion’s den.
What Daniel’s Story Teaches Us about the Power of Prayer and Faith
When we are pressed up against troubling times, let us look to Daniel’s example of how to gather strength in times of distress. Turning to God for justice and answers was not new territory for Daniel. It was habit. He prayed habitually. He looked to the Lord routinely.
If we establish a daily habit of turning to God in our lives, it’s more ly to be our immediate reaction in times of trouble.
There is no way around spending time with God: we must have a relationship with Him in order to experience His peace. We must spend time in the Word. We must spend time in prayer.Pausing to look at our current situation in the light of His perspective is the essential path to taking hold of His peace.
Christ died to give us full access to our great God. We can look to His Word, look up to Him in prayer, and embrace the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us.
The societal misconception is that we possess the strength to pull ourselves trouble. But if we rely on our own strength, we’ll surely fail. It’s His strength that makes our salvation possible.
Walking with Christ isn’t about striving for perfection, but straining towards submission.
A Prayer You Can Pray for God’s Help in Times of Trouble:
We praise You for Daniel’s life and legacy, that we are able to read and study his life here today. Thank you for the glimpse you give us of his powerfully prophetic life. Thank you for this book of Scripture and how we can see Christ in it.
Daniel, we know Jesus faithfully endured the punishment for obedience to you. But un Daniel, you did not spare him from the “mouth of the lions.
” You let Your Son die a brutal death on the Cross, paying the penalty for our sins, and through his resurrection You’ve given us eternal life and access to Your glory. Oh Lord – thank You!
In every situation in our lives, may we remember that You are sovereign over all. Justice rightfully sits in Your hands, not ours. You are bigger. You are in control. You are omnipotent – all-present in times of trouble. Just Daniel, we can trust You with our lives. It’s Your purpose that puts our feet on earth.
May every trial we go through in this life bring us closer to You. Our prayer today is for our enemies, our conspirators, and our foes. We are all imperfect, and You love us all equally. Help us to leave justice at Your feet, seeking peace and the Spirit’s sensitivity before lifting the gate on our emotions.
Protect our hearts from bitterness and suspicions, comparison and insecurity. Teach us to be confident in You, alone. Right our hearts to place You at the helm. Bless our minds to run to You for solutions to problems that put our backs up against walls. Help us to resist gossip and slander, blame and unnecessary attacks on the character of others.
May the story of Your angel, who shut the mouths of the lions, help us to remember Your power and promise. When we are in trouble, help us to remember the cross. In the direst situation of all, Christ conquered death.
In a quickly crumbling world, let us be shards of light. May we be peacekeepers, and extensions of Your love. We’re not promised this world will be easy or fair, but You guarantee Your presence and Your love. Grant us courage to stick to Your standards. You are good, all the time.
In Jesus’ Name,
This article is part of our larger Prayers resource meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. Visit our most popular prayers if you are wondering how to pray or what to pray. Remember, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and God knows your heart even if you can't find the words to pray.
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Meg Bucher (Megs) encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, //sunnyand80.org.
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12 Simple, Yet Powerful Prayers for Your Church
Jesus is alive, and he is building his church (Matt. 16:18).
Jesus’ church is built upon his life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is through the proclamation of this message—the gospel—that the church will either visibly rise or fall.
The gospel is of first importance for the church (1 Cor. 15:1–11). The Church may have a variety of differences, but there’s one common denominator between them all: We are justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
The gospel renews people who are burdened with sin and discouraged by the struggles of life.
The gospel offers hope for those who have succumbed to the darkness of despair and helplessness.
And the gospel performs the greatest miracle of all:
It introduces people to Jesus who will transform them into new creations in him.
Jesus is inviting you to participate in his work.
One of the most significant ways we are called to participate in God’s work today is to pray for the Church.
We are to…
Pray for the Church.
Pray for our church family.
Pray for the body of Christ in our community and around the world.Jesus’ church has stood the test of time. It cannot be stopped by force, political pressure, or even political correctness. It has weathered tumultuous years and lived through multiple heretical diseases.
Jesus will continue to build his church until he returns in glory to redeem his bride, and absolutely nothing or no one can stand in his way.
As you read this post, we encourage you to join us in prayer for the Church.
If you can, take a moment to put down your phone, start a prayer meeting, and take a break from whatever you’re doing to pray through these prayer points for your church, churches in your community, and churches around the world.
1 Samuel 2:1-10:
“And Hannah prayed and said, 'My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 'There is none holy the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.
'He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.'”
1 Peter 1:3:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.”
Psalm 51:7, 10-12:
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
“O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.”
“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.”
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
“Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us—that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.”
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
1 John 5:14:
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.’”
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
2 Timothy 4:2:
“Preach the word; be ready in season and season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.
He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.”
“And he said to all, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?”
2 Corinthians 9:12-15:
“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
Prayer for Relationships
The issue of relationships is something that’s constantly talked about among both men and women. Husbands, wives, kids, bosses, neighbors… relationships can be rewarding and fulfilling, but they can also be testy and challenging. When your heart is involved, your deepest needs tend to come to the surface.
So how can you pray for your relationships? Here are a few sample prayers for when you’re at a loss for words.
1. Prayer in the midst of conflict
Father in Heaven, I know I add fuel to the fire in my relationships because I am needy myself. I don’t to admit it, but I know it’s true. Thank You that You see me as I truly am and that You still love me.
Please help me to see myself honestly, and to own my own part in this conflict before I point my finger. Please give me insight into my own needs and give me patience as I encounter needs in the ones I love. I need Your help, Lord. Please guide me.
I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Conflict very often reflects unmet needs. Sometimes there’s an easy solution, such as the need for sleep. But frequently, the need is much deeper:
- To feel valued and heard.This often stems from insecurity or past hurts, and may show up as overly defensive with gloves on, ready to fight.
- To forgive others or one’s self.The need to control can stem from an angry heart, and can show up as manipulation.
If your unmet needs are showing up in your relationships, talk to a mentor, friend, or a counselor to work through some of these issues. Pray for patience as you encounter the unmet needs in others, and regularly ask God for His help.
2. Prayer for help when I feel “less than”
Lord God, I so often feel inadequate without even realizing it. The disapproval I pour out on others often stems from my own insecurity. I don’t intend to fight. God, I need Your help. Please remind me to address my issues.
Help me to see myself differently and to allow You to love me and to change me. Help me to find my confidence in Your strength and in Your forgiveness. I invite You into my life today. I need You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
It’s a natural tendency to want God to change the other person. Yet the reality is that you can only change yourself. Sometimes just realizing what words and situations make you feel “less than” is enough to begin the journey of change. Other times you may need help seeing yourself differently.
Be the beginning of change in your relationships. Find ways to give approval more often to those around you. When things need addressing don’t show your disapproval, but choose a calm time to talk. Ask for prayer. Relationships that are worth keeping are worth the effort.
3. Prayer for the words to say in a challenging relationship
Dear Father in Heaven, it is not possible for me to keep my mouth from speaking things it should not. I need Your power to guard my tongue. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to feel that nudge of Your Holy Spirit before words rush my mouth.
Father, I need You to help me to know what to say that will build __________ up rather than tear down or hurt. Please make me aware, by Your divine power, of __________’s needs so I can respond in a way that benefits him/her.
Help me to run to You when frustrations and anger bubble up, and may You ease my emotions and send me back with grace on my lips. Help me to be bold when issues need addressing, but gentle and loving in the way I address them.Father, You are the only one who can perform this miracle in my life. I look to You today to set a guard on my heart and my mouth, as I don’t want to grieve You. And please forgive me for the times when I have grieved You! Walk with me closely today, because I need the help of Your Holy Spirit in dealing with __________. Thank You. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, amen.
God gives sound counsel in His word about how to deal with relationships. It all begins with what comes your mouth.
Listen to His words of wisdom:
“The tongue holds the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21
The power of our words is a tremendous force. It has been said that people will seldom remember the words you spoke, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
It’s true, isn’t it? It’s easy to remember those who have made you feel inspired and empowered. But it’s also easy to recall those who made you feel down and useless… just by their words.
Words have power. They can heal or hurt, build up or drag down, encourage or discourage, inspire or deflate.
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6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer in Times of Need
Breakthrough! It speaks of overcoming an obstacle that is in our way—or of prevailing over a need, a restriction or an opposing enemy. Breakthrough can also mean an achievement or discovery that leads to significant progress. 
1. Seek God’s Agenda First
‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)
Daniel was a godly man who read the scriptures—including the prophecies of Jeremiah. He recognised that Jeremiah prophesied about the times that Daniel was now living in and began to seek God for the answers. He knew it was time to birth that prophecy in prayer.
We need to know that we are praying God’s purpose for our lives. This means firstly praying according to God’s revealed will in the Scripture. Upon that foundation, we can also seek an intimate relationship with Father God in which we can hear His purpose for our lives and situation—and pray that. 
2. Don’t Settle for Second Best
Hannah was childless, and it grieved her. Wanting to reassure her, Hannah’s husband offered his love and personal gifts, thinking these could please her. But Hannah would only be satisfied with one thing—a baby. As a result of Hannah’s prayer, a future prophet and priest was born. Samuel would bring the nation back to God. (1 Sam 1)
When God has placed something on our hearts, then Hannah we will be tempted to settle for the ‘status quo’ or second best. But that is the very time to passionately press in to God for the answer.
3. Pray from the Heart
Hannah cried a wordless prayer of deep groaning—and God answered it. (1 Sam 1:12-16, Rom 8:26-27)) Nehemiah shot up a prayer whilst he was going about his daily occupation. (Neh 2:1-5) These seemingly simple prayers, carried from the heart, changed nations.
There are no right and wrong ways to pray. Just real prayers.
It’s time to put aside formulas, and not to be intimidated by someone else’s style and eloquence. The prayers that God answers are real prayers from the heart, regardless of time, place or technique.
4. Pray with Praise and Thanksgiving
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4:6)
Paul and Silas were in a difficult situation. God called them to evangelise a city, but they were stuck in a dungeon, held in stocks. As they prayed in the night and offered up hymns of praise, God sent an earthquake to open the prison doors. (Acts 16:22-29)
When used in addition to prayer, praise is a powerful cutting-edge weapon for breakthrough. (Ps 149:6-9)
5. Don’t Give Up
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)
Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days before an answer came. An angel appeared who had been battling in the heavenlies for the entire time Daniel had been in prayer. Daniel’s persistent prayers provided fuel for what God was doing on his behalf. (Dan 10)
6. Find Others who will Agree with You
Jesus said, “…if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt 18:19-20)
Esther is known as a woman whose courage saved a nation. However, prior to approaching the King, Esther called on Mordecai, all the Jews of the city, and her own attendants, to fast before God for 3 days. Esther knew that the real power lay in God answering the prayer of those who had joined her in the fast. (Esther 4:16)
When in need of a breakthrough, find others who will join you in prayer, because there is multiplied power in agreement.
Notes: //www.thefreedictionary.com/breakthrough  For issues of guidance, see Personal Guidance for the Important Decisions of Life
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