September 10, 2023

Models of Prayer

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I urge that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made in behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”—1 Timothy 2:1–2 NASB

In simple terms, Paul instructed us to pray for all people, including those in authority. But he also provided four different approaches to prayer.

First, we are to make requests. This requires that we know people and what they need, care enough about them to seek God on their behalf, and be sensitive to the issues they face.

Second, we are to offer prayers. The Greek word here implies not just the activity of prayer but also the place of prayer, finding a place where we can concentrate and spend quality time seeking God for these people and their needs.

Third, we are to make intercession for others. This implies that we approach God on their behalf, meeting with Him, like an interview, talking about the needs and problems people are facing.

Fourth, we are to pray with a spirit of thankfulness for the people about whom we are praying and the opportunity to pray for them. It can be easy to be critical, but a spirit of thankfulness can change our attitude. Prayer out of thankful hearts can impact us as much as it impacts the ones we pray for.

Ask God to give you discernment about the people for whom He wants you to pray. Ask Him about their specific needs and how you should pray. Find a place where you can concentrate and, with a thankful heart, pray the things He wants you to pray about.

Reflection Question: Compose an individualized prayer for someone.

Prayer
Father, show me people for whom I should be praying. Reveal their specific needs. Use me in their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 2

Prayer
Father, show me people for whom I should be praying. Reveal their specific needs. Use me in their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 2