The Bible’s direction for prayer is simple but profound. Just pray! Jesus taught us to ask in His name. In other words, pray like Jesus would pray. For instance pray out of love for others, pray with a pure heart, motivated for God to be glorified and others to be blessed. I have enjoyed reading many books about prayer, intercessory prayer, faith filled prayers, waiting in prayer, silent prayer, prayer for when you are hurting, and worshipful prayer. As well intentioned as the authors of these books are; sometimes they make it too complicated. The Bible says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. … In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (1 Timothy 2:1, 8, NLT)
- Ask God to help people.
- Intercede on their behalf.
- Give thanks for the people you pray for.
- Prayer like this leads to peaceful, quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
- This kind of prayer is good and pleases God!
- Pray from a pure heart with holy hands lifted up. (Holy hands means morally pure)
- Free from anger. (Unaddressed, unresolved conflict, that leaves you bitter against another.)
- Free from controversy. (People that are always argumentative.)
- Interestingly, the anger and controversy will spoil your prayers.
Pray that God would grant me boldness, wisdom, prophetic insight for the faithful preaching, teaching and application of the Bible for my family, our church, and community.
How can I pray for you?