Sample Prayers


We praise you, God, because You are all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving and ever-present. You alone are God and we are not. You alone are the Savior. We realize and confess that we are more sinful than we ever imagined, but we come to you in the name of Jesus, believing that in Him we are more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope. Please forgive us for all of our sins and make our hearts pure. We thank you, Jesus, for living the perfect life that we could never live and for dying the death that we deserved to die – in our place. We thank you for your grace and mercy and kindness to us. Because of Jesus, we come boldly as your children, asking You to watch and care for __ in a wonderful and powerful way. As a Shepherd cares for his flock, may You lead and direct according to your purposes and for Your Glory. We want nothing less than your perfect will – in your way and in your time – so we surrender this request to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Dear Heavenly Father, we are broken people living in a broken world. We are more sinful than we ever imagined! Yet because of Jesus, we are more loved than we could ever dare hope! Because He died and paid for our sins, we have direct access to Your heavenly throne. Thank you! We lift up _. We ask you to unleash the power of heaven to accomplish your purposes on earth. Increase our faith to believe that Your answer to this prayer is better than we can ask or imagine. We surrender to You, in the name of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Creator of the Universe, Friend of sinners, Savior of the world - how we need your grace and mercy! Help us to “get small” before you so we can discover how big you really are. Please intervene in _’s life in a wonderful and powerful way. Show _ that you are a compassionate and dependable God who cares intimately about _ with a never-stopping, never-giving-up, unbreaking, always and forever love. I pray that _’s life would be a beautiful platform for your glory to be displayed. Help _ to rest in your sovereignty, in your grace, and in your love. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Lord God, we come boldly and humbly before You today in the name of Jesus who lived and died for us. You are all-wise, all-powerful and perfect in all your ways. Oh, How we need you. Surround _ with your peace and your presence. Help _ to embrace you and rest in your loving arms. Lead _ to a community of believers where _ can grow in _ walk with You. Help _ to discover what the abundant life that you promised is all about. In the victorious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Lord God - we need You more than anyone or anything else. We are weak but You are strong. We are faithless but You are faithful. We are fearful and short-sighted but You have the whole world in Your hands. Please intervene in this situation with Your wisdom, care and love. We ask You to unleash the power of Heaven t accomplish Your purposes on earth. We want nothing less than Your perfect will to be done - in Your way and in Your time for Your glory, Amen.

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Lord - You are Emmanuel. YOU, the holy, wise, perfect, loving Maker of the Universe are with us. Not far off, not disinterested, but WITH us! In spite of our sin and selfishness, our guilt and our fears - You are US! Please be with _. Give them the desire to see your face, hear your voice, know your heart, feel your comfort, be changed by your love and follow wherever you lead. We surrender to Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Lord God- though you have a universe to rule and manage, You know and care about the details of our lives. You are already in all of our tomorrows. Your plan to solve our problems and fix our brokenness is already in motion. Teach us to trust that your solutions are better than we can even imagine. Help us fix our eyes upon Jesus. Give us the desire, courage, strength, wisdom and faith to follow wherever You lead. Surround us with Your peace and Your Presence. We trust You to accomplish Your plan in Your way and in Your time. We surrender to Your perfect will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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You are our Rock, our Deliverer, our Strength, our Help. Oh,how we need You! Thank You for the unconditional, unchanging love You show us day after day. Nothing can compare to the gift of knowing and being known by You. How grateful we are that Jesus, Your beloved Son, lived the perfect life in our place and died to pay for our sins so that we can come boldly before Your throne as your precious children. Lord, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will give power, wisdom, encouragement, hope and comfort to _. We know Your paths for us are the best and most fulfilling ones to walk -- so please help _ to fix _ eyes upon Jesus and follow You in obedience and faith. Accomplish your will in your way, whatever it takes. In the strong and powerful name of our risen Lord, Amen.


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Father, we thank You for the unconditional, unchanging love You show us day after day. Nothing can compare to the gift of knowing and being known by You. How grateful we are that Jesus, Your beloved Son, made a way for us to boldly come before Your throne as beloved children. Lord, I pray specifically that You guide and direct _. We know Your paths for us are the best, most peaceful and most fulfilling ones to walk. Father, I ask that You would etch this truth into the mind of _. Reveal Yourself as _ seeks Your perfect will, and fill _ with the joy of Your powerful, life-giving presence. We praise you for Your love and faithfulness to us at all times. We put our trust in You and surrender this request to You. Help _ to seek Your face and put You first in everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (ROMANS 8:31)

Lord God, how grateful we are that you are FOR us - and not against us! We come humbly and boldly in the name of Jesus Christ, who freed us from our sins with His blood. We come, trusting in Your amazing power, asking you to _. Please demonstrate Your power and love to accomplish Your purposes. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Cling tightly to these promises from Scripture:

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25-26)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 16:33-34)

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)

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Heavenly Father, I pray to you today in Jesus’ name. Focus my heart on the priorities of my Savior, whom you have provided out of your great love. Please do in me and through me whatever will bring most glory to Jesus. As you listen to each petition I make, please help me offer it: claiming Christ’s merit more than my own, seeking Christ’s purposes more than my own, loving Christ’s glory more than my own. These are the petitions I offer: (Offer your petitions here.) By the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, transform my requests into instruments for accomplishing your will to have Christ honored everywhere— especially in my heart. Make my greatest desire, highest joy, and deepest fulfillment Jesus’ glory. loving Christ’s glory more than my own. These are the petitions I offer:
(Offer your petitions here.)
By the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, transform my requests into instruments for accomplishing your will to have Christ honored everywhere— especially in my heart. Make my greatest desire, highest joy, and deepest fulfillment Jesus’ glory. I can attempt all you require of my life, face all you design for my path, rejoice in all you will for my eternity, when I know all is for Jesus’ name. Do all that you know is best for him, for this most blesses me. Forgive my readiness to forget and my tendency to doubt that when he is most glorified, I am most satisfied. When my mind shrinks from these truths, enlarge my heart for Christ’s purposes. For Christ’s sake and for mine, help me always to pray In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chapell, Bryan (2005-07-01). Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name (pp. 30-32). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


HAVEN MINISTRIES, 2013