Prayer has been difficult for me since burying a child-I’ve written about that struggle in a previous post.
I have yet to find a comprehensible way to think about both the sovereignty of God and His goodness, free will and predestination.
So I find myself incapable of praying for things like safety for my children, freedom from disease or specific outcomes in difficult circumstances.
Instead I pray the prayers of Paul, straight from Scripture-prayers that focus on expanding a person’s understanding of Who God is, how much he or she is loved by God and the development of godly fruit in his or her life.
THESE are prayers I can still pray, I hope they are helpful for others in similar circumstances.
Glorious Father, I thank you for_______, and I bless them. I ask You to give _____the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that ______may know You better. Enlighten the eyes of ______’s heart, so that they may know
- the hope to which You have called them,
- the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints,
- And Your incomparably great power for them because they believe, the power of the resurrection and the ascension which seated Jesus at Your right hand where He is above all rule and authority, and power and dominion in this world, and all things are under His feet.
Fill ____with all the fullness of Jesus in every way today.
I call You Father, and I pray
- that from Your glorious riches You will strengthen______with power through Your Spirit in their inner being,
- that Christ may dwell in ______’s heart through faith,
- that ____will be rooted and established in love,
- that____may have power, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
- that ____will know this love that surpasses knowledge,
- that___will be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.
I give You all the glory, for You are able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to Your power that is working within us.