The Bible is full of amazing prayers which we can read, pray ourselves or simply learn from. The Old Testament has some great prayers by Moses, Elijah, Hannah and Daniel just to name a few. The apostles also having spent time with Jesus knew the importance of prayer and today we are going to look at some of these as examples.
Prayer for revelation of Jesus’ beauty that we might walk in our calling and destiny by God’s power: “That the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may KNOW (experience) what isthe hope of His calling (assurance/clarity of God’s call for our life) what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (our destiny as Jesus’ inheritance),and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…” (Eph. 1:17-19)
Pray to receive the Spirit’s power that Jesus’ Presence be manifest in us so we experience God’s love: “THAT He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, THAT Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in your hearts through faith; THAT you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend(experience) with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; THAT you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:16-19)
Prayer for God’s love to abound in us by the knowledge of God resulting in righteousness in our life:“That your love may abound still more and more in knowledge (of God) and all discernment, that you may approve (rejoice in) the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere (no compromise) and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness…” (Phil. 1:9-11)
Prayer to know God’s will, to be fruitful in ministry and strengthened by intimacy with God: “That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy…” (Col. 1:9-11)
Prayer for unity in the church and to be filled with supernatural joy, peace and hope (confidence): “May the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another…6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the…Father…13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:5-6, 13)
For the release of grace to bring the Church to maturity especially to abound in love and holiness: “Praying exceedingly that… (God will release His Spirit and grace to) perfect what is lacking in your faith?… And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all… that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father.” (1 Thes. 3:10-13)
Pray to be worthy (prepared or made spiritually mature) to walk in the fullness of our destiny in God: “We pray always for you that God would count you worthy of (prepare us for) this calling, and fullfill all the good pleasure of His goodness (plans for us) and the work of faith with power, that the name of…Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God.” (2 Thes. 1:11-12)