Pray for your leaders: 1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Our lives are impacted greatly by the decisions of our leaders. (We’ll avoid discussing the obvious problems with our current political leaders!) Leaders of all kinds – of countries, of businesses, of clubs and HOAs. When leaders make poor decisions, the consequences range from strife to loss of life, and everything in between. Even when they’re not passing rulings, they are setting a moral example for others – one most people cannot live up to. Pray for our leaders.
Pray not to enter temptation: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Think about it: if we can avoid temptations (of all kinds), so much of our lives will be improved. We will be able to kick bad habits (or not start them), we will have more time to do good in the world, and our lives will be a better witness for him. We’ll pave the way for better relationships. Maybe we’ll be physically healthier. Avoiding temptations is something we could all really use some help with.
Pray for healing: James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
When Jesus walked this earth, healing people’s physical ailments was one of the things he did the most. There are around 40 stories of Jesus performing healings – and often the verses say something like “he healed all who were ill”. If healing was one of Jesus primary ways of working, then as followers of Christ we should be spending more time on it as well. We don’t because we are afraid we can’t heal people, but it isn’t our job to heal. It’s our job to ask Him to heal – and there are not any examples of Him refusing to heal when He was asked.
Pray for your anxieties: Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Our anxieties and fears distract us from what God wants us to concentrate on. They sap us of energy to make right decisions, they tell us we aren’t making right decisions, they tell us what other people will think – they drive us crazy! Let’s take those to God, ask Him to handle them, and thank Him for having the answers we need.
Pray for the right things: James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Oh, the prayers of little children. I have a confession to make – I prayed that my hair would stay blond and not turn brown. (I should have prayed to stay thin – it is easy to get your hair colored!) That all seems silly, but we do that. We pray for things that we can’t control – even if they don’t make much difference in our lives. We forget to pray to make right choices and good decisions, especially when we think we already know what those are and we don’t want God to tell us we are wrong. We pray for things we think will make us happy – even if they are a shallow or temporary happiness. We forget to pray for our family and our relationships, and things that should last a lifetime.
Pray today. Even a short prayer. Pray for at least one of these things. I promise you won’t regret it.