PRAYER AFTER RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
It is a great challenge to continue to live and grow in the Spirit. Therefore, it is crucial to pray for those who have just received a new outpouring of the Spirit. For those who have received love in the Spirit (Col 1:8), pray unceasingly (in this order):
- May they “attain full knowledge of His will through perfect wisdom and spiritual insight” (Col 1:9).
- May they “lead a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him in every way” (Col 1:10).
- May they “multiply good works of every sort and grow in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10).
- May they “be endowed with the strength needed to stand fast, even to endure joyfully whatever may come” (Col 1:11).
- May they soon have a new life-style, a new wineskin, to hold the new wine of the Spirit (Lk 5:37).
- May they be devoted “to the apostles’ instruction and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
- May they put to death the works of the flesh by yielding to the Spirit (Rm 8:13). By the Spirit may they crucify the flesh (Gal 5:24) and not stifle the Spirit.
TWO FAMILY PRAYERS
“I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name; and I pray:
- That He will bestow on you gifts in keeping with the riches of His glory.
- May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit.
- May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of your life.
Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love, and experience this love which surpasses all knowledge, so that you may attain to the fullness of God Himself. To Him Whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, world without end. Amen” (Eph 3:14-21).
(Put the names of your family members in place of the
word “you” and “yours”.)
“May our sons be like plants well-nurtured in their youth, our daughters like wrought columns such as stand at the corners of the temple. May our garners be full, affording every kind of store; may our sheep be in the thousands, and increase to myriads in our meadows; may our oxen be well laden. May there be no breach in the walls, no exile, no outcry in our streets. Happy the people for whom things are thus; happy the people whose God is the Lord” (Ps l44:12-15).
PRAYER FOR THE WIFE OF AN UNBELIEVING HUSBAND
This prayer applies to circumstances when a husband is
unbelieving and disobeying God’s word. It applies to many marriages. In these
situations, wives should pray both for their husbands and for themselves:
Heavenly Father, I pray that my husband will be won over to Jesus through my conduct. Give me a reverent purity in my way of life. May I be adorned with the hidden character of the heart expressed in the unfading beauty of a calm and gentle disposition (1 Pt 3:1, 2, 4). Father, show me what it means to be Your daughter, a bride of Christ, a temple of the Spirit, and a Christian woman. I repent of my sins and trust You completely. I put my husband, marriage, family, and life into Your hands in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PRAYER FOR WIVES
Father, may wives be their husbands’ “delight”, the “choicest of blessings”, “like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens”, like the “light that shines above the holy lampstand” Amen.
PRAYER FOR HUSBANDS
Father, may husbands be strong men who are spiritual heads of their family, leaders in prayer (1 Tm 2:8), courageous and bold witnesses for Jesus, and victors over the evil one by the power of Your word (1 Jn 2:14). Amen.
PRAYER TO WANT TO FORGIVE
“To err is human; to forgive is divine.” Since forgiveness is divine, we can truly forgive only by God’s grace. The Lord will give the miracle of forgiveness instantaneously (Mt 5:25). But many times we don’t want to forgive. We should pray:
Father, I don’t even want to forgive. Change my will. Make me willing to forgive, and then give me the power to forgive in Jesus’ name. Amen
PRAYER FOR THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND AGAINST THE FEAR OF MAN
Father, may a reverent fear overtake me (Acts 2:43). Make me so aware of Your presence, power, and love that I will be amazed. May this amazement be so pervasive so as to overshadow everything else in my life, especially the fear of man.
PRAYER FOR GOD TO COME ON STRONG
Jesus, rend the sky and shake the earth (Is 63:19).
Father, use me and use me up (see 2 Tm 4:6).
Spirit, make me holy — no matter what it takes (Mt 5:6).
(Expect the unexpected.)
PRAYER TO THE HEAVENLY POTTER
“O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You the Potter: we are all the work of Your hands” (Is 64:7).
In this seemingly innocuous prayer, we ask God to work with us as a potter molds clay. It’s a prayer to be pounded, whirled, soaked, cut, and baked. Expect exciting changes.
God teaches us to pray by joyful shouts (Ps 89:16; Ps 66:1). Go somewhere where you won’t disturb anyone and shout:
“Arise, O Lord, that Your enemies may be scattered, and those who hate You may flee before You” (Nm 10:35; Ps 68:2).
“Jesus is Lord!” (Phil 2:11)
“Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Praised be Christ the
“Maranatha!” (1 Cor 16:22; Rv 22:20)
PRAYER FOR WISDOM
Every Christian can receive wisdom by asking for it “in faith, never doubting” (Jas 1:5-6). Therefore, the key to receiving wisdom is to pray for freedom from doubt. Pray:
Father, give me wisdom (Wis 9:4) but first
give me faith. I repent of doubts that I have entertained. Holy Spirit, confirm me in Your love. Jesus, “beyond doubt, You are the Son of God!” (Mt 14:33) Amen.
PRAYER WHEN WE SEE SOMEONE SINNING
Father, thank You for giving me the grace to repent and be forgiven of my sins. Thank You for the blood Jesus shed on the cross. Take the plank out of my eye (Mt 7:5), and give life to this person who is sinning (1 Jn 5:16). Amen.
PRAYER FOR VICTORY
“O Lord, there is none like You to help the powerless against the strong. Help us, O Lord, our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. You are the Lord, our God; let no man prevail against You” (2 Chr 14:10).
PRAYER FOR GOOD SHEPHERDS
Lord, appoint over us shepherds after Your own heart who will shepherd us wisely (Jer 3:15).
PRAYER BEFORE READING THE BIBLE
Father, I can’t understand Your word without Your grace. I acknowledge my weakness so Your power can reach perfection in me (2 Cor 12:9). Send Your Holy Spirit to remind, teach, and guide me to the Truth (Jn 14:26; 16:13). May I share as soon as possible whatever You teach me (see Lk 8:15-16). Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
“O God, You are my God Whom I seek; for You my flesh pines and my soul thirsts” (Ps 63:2). May “all of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces” be “transformed from glory to glory” into Your “very image by the Lord Who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).
PRAYERS BEFORE CONFESSION
“Have mercy on me, O God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always” (Ps 51:3-5).
Holy Spirit, prove me wrong (Jn 16:8). Take me to the cross and let me see the connection between my sins and Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Amen.
PRAYER IN TEMPTATION
Jesus, give me specific Scripture passages to use in resisting the temptations of the evil one as You did (Mt 4:4, 7, 10). Amen.
PRAYER FOR HEALING
Jesus, you healed by giving a command. Give to me “Doctor’s orders” that will bring healing as I obey them by faith. Amen.
PRAYER TO HAVE JESUS’ ENERGY, HIS MIND, AND HIS JOY
Jesus promises to give us His energy, mind, and joy. Therefore, we dare to pray: “Jesus, may I be ‘impelled by that energy of’ Yours ‘which is so powerful a force within me’ (Col 1:29). Thank You for giving me Your energy (Col 1:29), mind (1 Cor 2:16), and joy” (Jn 15:11). Amen.
PRAYER TO HAVE CHRIST’S HEART
Jesus, You promised me a new heart and a new spirit (Ez 36:26). May I not be conformed to the world (Rm 12:2). Give me a new gospel life-style. Where my treasure is, there will my heart be (Lk 12:34). May I want what You want. Amen.
PRAYER TO GIVE OUR LIVES TO JESUS
Father, “those things I used to consider gain I have now reappraised as loss in the light of Christ. I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For His sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my wealth, and I may be in Him” (Phil 3:7-9). “I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me” (Gal 2:19-20). Jesus, You gave Your life for me; I give my life for You. Amen.
PRAYER FOR HOLINESS
Father, may I hunger and thirst for righteousness (Mt 5:6), be made perfect in holiness, and be preserved “whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body, irreproachable at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Th 5:23).
PRAYER AGAINST SATAN
Jesus, I accept my share in the authority You have given the Church over every demon (Mt 10:1). Satan, in Jesus’ name, I disarm and despoil you (Lk 11:22). I bring down all your strongholds, sophistries, and proud pretensions (2 Cor 10:4-5). I cast you out in Jesus’ name. Thank You Jesus for Your victory.
PRAYERS FOR THE CLEANSING OF OUR SUBCONSCIOUSNESS
“Cleanse me from my unknown faults!” (Ps 19:13)
“Probe me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts, see if my way is crooked, and lead me in the way of old” (Ps 139:23-24).
“Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart find favor before You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Ps 19:15).
PRAYER FOR SEXUAL PURITY
- may I know that my “body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is within” (1 Cor 6:19).
- may I be determined to fight sexual temptation, even to the point of shedding blood (see Heb 12:4).
- may I not even mention impurity (Eph 5:3).
- may I guard my eyes and throw TV out of my life (Mt 5:28-29).
- may I be pure as Jesus is pure (1 Jn 3:3).
PRAYER TO OVERCOME MASTURBATION, SMOKING, DRINKING, GAMBLING, PROFANITY, AND OTHER COMPULSIONS
Father, Your grace is always sufficient (2 Cor 12:9). There is always a way out of every temptation, and You will never let me be tested beyond my strength (1 Cor 10:13). But sometimes I want the pleasure of slavery more than the victory of freedom. Let not the lustful cravings of the flesh master me, surrender me not to shameless desires . May I want to stop sinning. Amen.
PRAYER TO BE FREED FROM PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS
Lord, “I want to see” (Mk 10:51; 2 Kgs 6:17).
(Write to us and tell us that God has opened your eyes.)
PRAYERS FOR SIGNS AND WONDERS
- Lord, “grant to your servants, even as they speak Your words, complete assurance by stretching forth Your hand in cures and signs and wonders to be worked in the name of Jesus, Your holy Servant” (Acts 4:29-30).
- “Give new signs and work new wonders, show forth the splendor of Your right hand and arm”.
- Father, may I proclaim the good news and have signs and wonders accompany me. May I expel demons, speak entirely new languages, handle serpents, drink deadly poison without harm, and heal the sick through the laying on of hands (Mk 16:15-20).
- “Deliver us by Your wonders, and bring glory to Your name, O Lord” (Dan 3:43).
- “As in the days when You came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs” (Mic 7:15).
PRAYER TO MULTIPLY MONEY
Jesus, I believe You can multiply loaves, fish, work, and money. I give You the only multipliable portion — I give You my all. Bless, break, and multiply it, especially through the Eucharist (Lk 9:16).
Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All (Jn 20:28).
PRAYER TO GET A JOB
Father, may I seek first Your kingdom and Your way of holiness, and a job will be given to me (Mt 6:33).
PRAYER FOR WORKERS FOR THE HARVEST
(Pray this prayer with caution because usually you are
the answer to your own prayer.)
Father, Harvest-Master, send workers into the harvest (Mt 9:38).
PRAYER FOR UNITY
Pope John Paul II has taught: “Prayer should always
concern itself with the longing for unity, and as such is one of the basic
forms of our love for Christ and for the Father Who is rich in mercy. In this
journey which we are undertaking with other Christians toward the new
millennium prayer must occupy the first place” (That They Be One,
Therefore, pray: Father, I pray “that all may be one as You, Father” are in Jesus and He in You. I pray that they may be one in You, “that the world may believe that You sent” Jesus (Jn 17:21).
PRAYER TO BREAK WITH THE WORLD
(To be prayed before a crucifix)
Holy Spirit, take me to the cross (Gal 3:1). At the foot of the cross may I come to hate sin and love sinners. May I be turned off to the world, crucified to it, and it to me (Gal 6:14). Amen.
PRAYER FOR YOUR PARISH CHURCH
“May the Lord increase you and make you overflow with love for one another and for all, even as our love does for you. May He strengthen your hearts, making them blameless and holy before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His holy ones” (1 Th 3:12-13).
(Put the name of your church, where there are “you” and “your”.)
PRAYER TO EVANGELIZE
Father, I acknowledge that it is a sin not to evangelize. I repent. Forgive me. May I fall so much in love with Jesus that it would be normal for me to tell others about Him. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to be His witness (Acts 1:8). Amen.
PRAYER FOR TEARS
Father, “let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great destruction which overwhelms” the Church and the world because of sin (Jer 14:17) (see also Lk 6:21).
“Oh, that my head were a spring of water, my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night over the slain of the daughter of my people” (Jer 8:23).
PRAYER FOR MARY’S MOTHERING
Crucified Jesus, thank You for sending Mary to be my mother (Jn 19:27). May she lay bare the thoughts of my heart (Lk 2:35) so I will be humble (Lk 1:38). Through Mary’s intercession, may I receive the Spirit (Acts 1:14; 2:4). Do with me as You will. Amen.
PRAYER FOR AN END TO ABORTION
Pope John Paul II has taught; “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from every heart of every believer. Jesus Himself has shown us by His own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11). As He taught His disciples, some demons cannot be driven out except in this way (cf. Mk (9:29). Let us therefore discover anew the humility and courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit” (The Gospel of Life, 100). Therefore, pray:
Father, You have revealed to us that some demons can be driven out only by prayer and fasting (Mt 17:21). May I discover anew the humility and courage to pray and fast “as never before” so as to stop both surgical and chemical abortions. Lead us all to repentance and salvation. Amen.
PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH
“Now, Master, You can dismiss Your servant in peace; You have fulfilled Your word. For my eyes have witnessed Your saving deed displayed for all the peoples to see” (Lk 2:29:31).
PRAYER TO SUFFER
Very few people have the courage to pray this prayer.
Father, “I wish to know Christ and the power flowing from His resurrection; likewise to know how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death” (Phil 3:10).
PRAYER TO DIE A MARTYR’S DEATH
This may be the first time you have ever prayed like
this. Consider carefully whether the Lord wants you to pray this:
Father, may I be so in love with You as to feel compelled to seek new and greater ways to express my love. Jesus said: ‘There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life’ (Jn 15:13). By the power of the Holy Spirit, give me the opportunity to show my love for You by dying a martyr’s death. Amen.
PRAYER TO HASTEN JESUS’ FINAL COMING (2 Pt 3:12)
Father, may we intercede, evangelize, and become holy so Jesus can return soon and sooner. Amen.
12 Secrets to praying more effectively
1. You Have to Ask (James 4:2)
2. Get Alone with God (Matthew 6:6)
3. Pray with Confidence (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Corporate Praise (Acts 4:24,31)
Pray with Humility (Luke 7:6-7)
Pray God’s Promises (Nehemiah 1:8-9)
Pray with Faith (Luke 7:6-9)
Pray with Passion (Exodus 32:31-32)
9. Pray with Desperation (2 Chronicles 20:12-13)
10. Pray for Our Leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
11. Pray for Justice (Micah 6:8)
12. Pray in Response to God’s Promptings (1 Thessalonians 5:19)