Examples of petitions to God
There are many things we can say to God in prayer. We can thank Him for all that He has done and given us. We can acknowledge His greatness. We can confess our sins. We can ask for the needs of others and for our own.
Focus on missions: Display a map of the world. Each week highlight a particular country/people group and their needs. If possible, show the class some pictures of that country. Place a dot over the country and over the location of your community. Explain to the class that although they are a great distance apart, God is not!
Government/Community Focus: Get some pictures of your government and community leaders. Show the class a photo at each highlight. Share some personal information about each leader and pray for them in their role as authority figures.
How to make petitions to god
With this in mind, I have put together a list of 20 ideas about how we can pray during this pandemic. Each of the items addresses the needs of a specific community. I am fortunate to be part of a church with many medical professionals, some of whom gave me advice on how best to pray for them during this time. I have included their recommendations here. I have also tried to think broadly about the various ways in which we are all affected by the current crisis.
I don’t pretend to say that this list includes every possible prayer need for the difficult season we are going through, but it is a good place to start. My hope is that it can help us find words as we pray together as the body of Christ’s church. We believe there is a God who inclines his ear to listen, and so we pray:
Most High God, our eternal Father in heaven, we bless your Holy name! We confess that your Son Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the Cross, and that it is only by His sacrifice that we can approach you in prayer today. In His name and trusting in your great love and mercy, we present these prayers before you:
Prayer requests examples
Do you ever find yourself struggling to know what things to pray for? You want to make prayer part of your daily routine, but feel like you’re being repetitive. You want something refreshing.
You’re not alone. For many Christians, prayer sometimes feels dry or stale. Praying is talking to someone who loves you deeply and knows you intimately, so it can be hard to admit or accept when the conversation seems to have dried up. Part of the problem can also be the temptation to see prayer as talking to God rather than talking to Him.
But everyone goes through times when praying feels like walking uphill. So we’ve created this list of things you can pray for when you need a little inspiration. Each item on the list comes with a Bible verse to shape your thinking and an example of how you can pray in response.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
List of requests for prayer in church
The Bible reveals many types of prayers and uses a variety of words to describe the practice. For example, 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “I exhort, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.” Here, the four main Greek words used for prayer are mentioned in one verse.
The prayer of thanksgiving: We see another type of prayer in Philippians 4:6: thanksgiving or gratitude to God. “…let your requests be made known to God in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.” Many examples of prayers of thanksgiving can be found in the Psalms.
The Bible also speaks of praying in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15) and prayers when we are unable to think of the right words (Romans 8:26-27). In those times, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us.