Prayer For All Seasons of Life

Throughout Scripture, we are challenged to pray so let’s look at a few wonderful passages on prayer.

Be reminded of Nehemiah’s dependence on prayer. He turned to God—for strength, for guidance, for protection, and for power. Ask God to make you a Nehemiah!

  • Nehemiah 1:6—Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before You day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.
  • Nehemiah 1:11—Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
  • Nehemiah 2:4—The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven,
  • Nehemiah 4:9—But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
  • Nehemiah 6:9—They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”Be encouraged, convicted, and motivated by these Scriptures:
  • Deuteronomy 4:7—What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
  • 1 Samuel 1:10—In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
  • 1 Samuel 12:23—As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.
  • 1 Kings 8:28—Yet give attention to Your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying in Your presence this day.
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14—If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • Proverbs 18:10—The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
  • Matthew 6:6—But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
  • Matthew 26:41—Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  • Mark 11:25—And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
  • Luke 5:1—But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
  • Romans 12:12—Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
  • Ephesians 1:18—I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,

Philippians 4:6—Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Many hymns speak of our prayer privilege as children of God: Sweet Hour of Prayer; Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior; Blessed Assurance; Tell It to Jesus, and so many more. I was drawn to these words from In the Garden as I thought about the privilege we have to pray in holy communion with our loving God:I come to the garden alone,While the dew is still on the roses,And the voice I hear falling on my earThe Son of God discloses.He speaks, and the sound of His voiceIs so sweet the birds hush their singing,And the melody that He gave to meWithin my heart is ringing.

Talk with God and process what He is doing for you, in you and through you. Thank Him and say “yes” to where He wants to take you.

  • And He walks with me, and He talks with me,And He tells me I am His own;And the joy we share as we tarry there,None other has ever known.

Brenda Harris is a student of God’s Word…and a wife, mother, and grandmother! She loves uncovering truths and promises in Scripture. Brenda serves as prayer coordinator for Kendrick Brothers Productions.

 

A Prayer for Father’s Day

Father,

We come before You today humbled and in awe of Your grace and mercy. Lord we thank You for the way You have designed what a family is supposed to look like and the specific roles You have ordained to a mother and a father on how to lead their children. Yet Lord, through our sinful ways we have taken what You have made holy and created our own version of today’s families. Because of this our children are suffering. It is for the fathers, families, and children of our nation that we do pray today.

Lord, we pray specifically for fathers and fatherhood across our land. Your Word clearly instructs fathers to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. God, we thank You for the men who are leading according to Your statutes and the ones that are laying their lives down for Your purposes. We pray that You will continue to use these men to lead their families and others. We pray You will strengthen the fathers of our nation and that You will continue to empower churches, organizations, and individuals to invest in men and fatherhood across our land.   

God, we pray for single fathers, whether they are raising their children alone or in a co-parenting situation. We pray for strength, protection, wisdom, and discernment to help them through whatever trials they may be facing. Thank You Lord for these men and please guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, help meet all their needs, that they may experience Your peace that surpasses all comprehension.

Jesus, we pray for the dads out there who are being alienated from their children right now. We pray O Lord, that You would shield and shelter them from the pain and anger that may be rising in them; for You to strike down the barriers that are hindering these dads from seeing their children. God do not let this destroy them as men, fathers, or in their relationship with You. They need You in a mighty way and we pray You would show Yourself strong on their behalf and that You would reunite these families together.

Lord, we lift up the men right now that are not stepping up to the plate as fathers. We pray for these men to come to their knees and repent, turn from their wicked ways, seek You, and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Father, we pray for their children and the moms who are parenting alone because of these men’s decisions. We pray You would step in as a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows in these situations, that their story would be another testimony that nothing is too hard for You.

Finally, Father we lift up the men and women that are on the front lines in the battle for fatherhood and the war against fatherlessness. God, You clearly put leaders in all positions of influence. We pray for everything from the right funding for the programs to continue to godly throughout. We pray for a revival of manhood and for fathers to lead their families by beginning each day on their knees. That You will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. As our Creator, Savior, and heavenly Father, we believe that this will bear eternal fruit—that generational curses will become generational blessings, restoring our families back to the way that You intended.

We come into agreement as we read and speak this prayer out loud that our world is desperate for earthly fathers to rise up to the challenge, that they need to follow You as their ultimate guide and example.

It is in the wonderful, precious, and matchless name of Jesus Christ that we pray, Amen.