Thursday, May 21, 2020

What Do We Do Pray; How Do We Pray?

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This, then, is how you should pray
 Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

When we are asked to pray about a request for a friend and that request causes us great concern. How do we pray? Do we pray as that person asks?

Several years ago, I was asked to pray for a family who had lost their son because of domestic violence. A friend knew this family. The perpetrator was caught and faced trial. During the trial, another friend asked me to pray for the perpetrator, the wife of the deceased man. My second friend was acquainted with some of the wife’s family through where she worked.

I was confused about how to pray for this situation. I muddled about it for a couple of days. Then, I somehow heard the words, “Why aren’t you praying for My Will?”

Do we sometimes forget to pray for that request? I practice praying for a request at the time I receive it, be it in person or over the phone and even online.

Presently, several of my requests I place before the LORD are simply that His presence be felt by a friend who is in stage 4 cancer. Another request is that God allows His Will to guide someone who is considering relocating back to our area.

We pray for God’s Will for any request. When we pray, we pray for the Lord to intervene and allow Him to work out the perceived need according to what He wants for that person.


  1. When we pray for God's will to be done, it lets us off the hook. We are not praying selfishly, but praying for God's will, and that will always be the right answer! Praying with you for those who are needing healing and guidance from the Lord. Amen.

  2. does Romans 8:26 help: "And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered".
    We may not know what to pray but we are attached to a whole system of intercession.


I would be honored to hear what you think about this.

What Do We Do Pray; How Do We Pray? This, then, is how you should pray   Matthew 6:9 (NIV) When we are asked to pray about a request for a friend and ...