The disciples of Jesus asked how they should pray. And Jesus taught them how to pray both by illustrating and by exemplifying prayer.
We can also learn how to pray by examing the prayers of the Apostle Paul. They are numerous and revealing. The frequency of his prayers and the content of his prayers are complex and full. Look at the following verses and fill in the blanks. Then go and pray.
To the Romans he said, “8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my _________ making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.” (Rom. 1:8-10)
To the Corinthians, “4 I thank my God _________ concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, (1 Cor. 1:4)
Praying for them to be enriched, to be confirmed until the end,
To the Ephesians, “15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease _______ ________ for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;” Eph. 1:15,16
“18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, ” (Eph 6:18)
To the Philippians, “3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 _________ offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,” (Phil 1:3,4)
To Colossians, “3 We give ________ to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your ______ in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven,….9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the ________ of His will in all spiritual wisdom and __________ , 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the ____________ of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” (Col. 1:3-5, 9-12)
To Thessalonians, “2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;” (1 Thess 1:2)
To Timothy, “3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly __________ you in my prayers night and day, 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. ” (2 Tim 1:3,4)
To Philemon 1:4,5 “4 I thank my God always, making mention of ______in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;”
What does our Prayer List look like? Does it look like Paul’s prayer list? Is it Filled with Thanks, Needs, Praise and Requests, Commitments, Plans, Lost souls, and prayers for the weak?