Most congregations have as a part of their bulletins a prayer list; a list of people requesting the prayers of the church for different ailments or problems in their lives. These are valuable tools to help the Christian to remember those for whom they need to pray. That being said, I believe there is a larger prayer list that the Christian needs to consider.
As one studies the Bible, there are many different prayers and occasions for prayer described. Consideration should be given to the many different types of prayers and the many different things about which Christians need to go to God consistently.
It is unfortunate that many Christians only seem to find time for prayer before a meal and in times of direct need, but such limited confines should not constrict the prayer life of the Christian. Consider a daily checklist of things for which we should pray to God continuously.
3 things with which we must pray:
Pray with reverence – showing God the respect due the our Father and the honor due our Protector.
Pray with thanksgiving – showing recognition of the blessings bestowed and the love and mercy extended.
Pray with confidence and boldness – understanding that as a child of God your prayers will not be ignored or considered unimportant before our Father.
Things for which we should pray:
for one’s spouse
for one’s children
for our daily bread
for right decisions and directions
for one’s enemies
for growth in knowledge and action
for forgiveness of sins by repentance
for unity in the Lord’s church
for preachers and teachers
for growth in all facets of the church’s work
for boldness and open doors
for the erring to return to the way of truth
for government to be wise and righteous
for the lost to obey the Gospel
for righteous influence to spread the Gospel
The Christian should be praying for each of these things on a daily basis. Someone might contend that doing so would require a great deal of time; such it would and should. As Christians it should be considered a privilege, not a chore, to be able to go to God about anything and everything each day. It should be something on which we are focused in life, not simply reminded to do in times of trouble.
If we take the time each day to pray for all of these things at various times according to their various needs our lives will be more focused on God and his will, our blessings will become more apparent, our relationship with God will grow, and our peace in this life will expand exponentially.
May we always be those that, “pray without ceasing” (1 The. 5:17).