Philippians 1:4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.
This scripture reveals two important things about prayer:
1. Regular – Paul says, “I always pray…”
2. Right attitude – Paul says, “I always pray with joy.”
This is all you really need to know about prayer. If you do these two things, you will become a prayer giant. You will always see your prayers coming to pass.
Regularity is an important key to prayer. I don’t pray only when there is a problem or a need, I always pray. I schedule it into my daily routine. I set my alarm, I wake up when it goes off and I pray in the spirit always. This not only prepares my heart and mind and everything I am doing in that day, but it also goes to work on everything else – my marriage, family, and church.
The right attitude is also important in prayer. Often, when we are faced with problems and issues we will complain about the problem or complain about the person – but the scripture tells us not to complain, but to pray. The more you pray for something, the less you will complain about that thing. Prayer always works. Complaining never works. So don’t waste your energy on complaining – all it will do is nullify prayer in your life.
Often people do not know what to pray for. Even when they know there are needs in their life and the lives of family members and friends, they don't know how to pray.
Here is the simple answer – pray the word of God and Paul shows you how to pray in Philippians 1:9-11.
Philippians 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ…
Paul is praying for 4 things in particular. He prays:
- They will grow in love. Vs 9 says “…that your love may abound more and more…”
- They will make the right choices. Vs 10 says “…that you may discern what is best…”
- They will live with integrity. Vs 10 say “…and may be pure and blameless…”
- They will become more like Jesus. Vs 11 says “…filled with the fruits of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.”
If you are having marriage problems, family problems, friendship problems, or problems with other people in the workplace – this is the prayer to pray. What is so powerful about praying Scripture is you are always praying for the will and purpose of God in a person’s life. Often we might think the need is provision, protection, or deliverance when the real need is something entirely different.
Let me encourage you to pray always with joy and when you do not know what to pray for, pray the great prayers in the Scriptures.
Here are some more for you:
- To grow in wisdom and understanding - Pray Ephesians 1:16-19
- When you need God’s power and strength - Pray Ephesians 3:16-19
- For wisdom, strength, fruitfulness, and patience - Pray Colossians 1:9-11