By Kelly Byrley
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
I love a good acrostic. The Lord gave me this one to remind me of some important areas to focus on during prayer.
We should desire to praise the Lord for His goodness and for Who He is. He is the sovereign God of the universe, Creator of all things, and Savior of the entire world! He loves us more than anything, so how can we help but praise Him? We should praise the Lord and have a spirit of thankfulness. Psalm 100:4 is a well-known verse that describes how we should approach our prayer time.
Sin is tricky. Sometimes, we think we are fine going about our day not really sinning too much. Then, we ask the Lord to reveal what we have done wrong, and He’s suddenly shining His light down into our hearts exposing our sin. Proverbs 28:13 reminds us that we cannot prosper with unconfessed sin. Asking the Lord to reveal our sin allows us to confess it and get back in fellowship with Him. We cannot miss this! Unconfessed sin blocks the Lord from hearing our prayers. Isaiah 59:2 makes this very clear.
We need to pray for those who are in the spiritual battle. This includes ourselves and our families, but expands to our pastor and his family, fellow ministry laborers, missionaries, other Christians, and so on. We need to pray for protection and encouragement. It has never been more apparent that we are in a spiritual battle. 1 Timothy 2:1, Job 42:10, and Ephesians 6:18 are some great verses about praying for others.
Sometimes, awful things happen to us and when they do, we can run to our Comforter. It is important for us to share these things with the Lord instead of immediately running to others. At times, we may find ourselves in such deep pain that we cannot even form the words to say, but Jesus can articulate for us and intervene to the Father on our behalf. I am so thankful for Romans 8:26-27!
We need to earnestly pray for the unsaved people in our lives. We should also ask the Lord to provide us with opportunities throughout our day to be a witness. The Lord is the Scheduler of divine appointments, but if we are not asking for those opportunities, they may not happen. We should also be praying for the salvation of the millions of people around the globe who have never heard the name of Jesus. They need the opportunity to hear the Truth! See Romans 10:14.