Had an interesting discussion with someone today re. the church prayer meeting. Not just that of any specific church – just the prayer meeting in general. One of my observations was that most churches tend to struggle with the prayer meeting. The second observation was that there are exceptions: some of my Pentecostal friends experience real fiery and well attended meetings.
I admire that. But, often the focus would be on people coming with needs for healing/deliverance/etc. It smacked as being a little ‘consumer-driven’. Is not that the very reason the rest of the churches struggle to attract attendees? Because they don’t ‘get anything’ from it….
Now I shift the focus on myself. I often wonder whether my content and focus in prayer is the right one….
I came across this on Randy Alcorn’s blog and I will try to explore it further:
Here’s a partial list of things the New Testament tells us to pray for:
Pray for people who give you a hard time (Matthew 5:43-44;Luke 6:28)
Pray for children (Matthew 19:13)
Pray for strength to endure difficult times (Luke 21:36)
Pray you will not fall into temptation (Luke 22:40)
Pray for all Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:25; Hebrews 13:18)
Pray that God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done (Matthew 6:10)
Pray God will provide your daily needs (Matthew 6:11)
Pray for God’s forgiveness as we forgive others (Matthew 6:12)
Pray we will not be led into temptation, but delivered from evil (Matthew 6:13)
Pray for boldness in proclaiming the gospel and for God to do miracles in people’s lives (Acts 4:29-31)
Pray all the time, be alert, pray for fellow believers (Ephesians 6:18)
Pray for fearless teaching of the Word (Ephesians 6:20)
Pray to be filled with the knowledge of His will (Colossians 1:9)
Pray for open doors for the gospel (Colossians 4:3)
Pray that the Word of God may be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Pray for deliverance from evil men (2 Thessalonians 3:2)