By reading the Bible you’ll get many ideas on things to pray for. There are specific things the Bible tells us to pray for. There are also many other wise things that the Bible mentions, things that would also be good to pray for.
We have a prayer wall going up our stairs where we have people’s specific names so that we remember to pray for them (friends, family, missionaries, ministries, ministry leaders, etc). Specific prayer requests we receive get written on an index card and added to our wall! When I tell someone we’ll pray for them, I want to be dependable and not forget. This is our way of remembering. Every time we go up or down our stairs, we are reminded of who/ what to pray for. We also have pictures and names of specific orphans so that we can pray for them.
Besides specific people and their needs, here are some of the things I pray with my children (we have most of these items written on paper cut-outs of hot air balloons- a fun children’s way of showing how our prayers are being lifted up!)…
-We pray that God would help us to love Him with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, the greatest commandment of all.
-We pray that God would help us to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves, the second greatest commandment of all.
-We pray for the fatherless and widows.
-We pray for wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual understanding. (Proverbs)
-We pray a prayer from one of our children’s books, Trusty Tried and True… “If someone’s in need today, please send us their way.” Praying for God to use us that day.
-We pray through the armor of God. That we would be strong warriors for Christ. That we would have on all of God’s armor. (Ephesians 6:11-18)
-We pray that we would have the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (humbleness), and temperance (self-control). Each one of these items are very important so usually we will just pray for 1-2 at a time.
-We pray that God would help us to obey. Obedience is a big deal!
-We pray that God would help us to be content with such things as we have. (Hebrews 13:5)
-We pray that God would grow us in character (initiative, diligence, being dependable, truthful, hard working, kindness, etc).
-We pray through the Beatitudes. We pray that we would hunger and thirst after righteousness, be merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, etc. (Matthew 5:1-12)
-We pray through Philippians 4:8- that God would help us only think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.
-We pray that all people in all nations would learn about Jesus and the Gospel message.
-We have our children pray for their future spouse, the he or she would learn young to love God with their whole heart, that they would grow in character and be kept pure.
-We pray that we would have fruitful works. (Colossians 1:10)
-We pray that many people would answer God’s call and be a laborer for Christ. (Luke 10:2)
What about you? What things do you teach your children to pray for specifically?!