can’t be reduced to a formula. However, frameworks for prayer can be very
helpful as guidelines and reminders to pray.
Breath prayers are those sayings,
verses, or sentence prayers of just a few syllables that have great meaning to
us. These are short prayers that we breathe throughout the day to fit whatever
circumstance we encounter. One of her favorites is “Into thy hands.” For
example, when you are afraid of an upcoming surgery, pray “Into thy
hands.”When you don’t want afamily member to suffer, pray, “Into thy
hands.” When faced with an unpleasant co-worker, pray “Show me this person’s
heart.”In doing daily chores, pray
“This task is for you, Lord.”
These are not “vain repetitions”
that Jesus warned about in Matthew 6:7. Breath prayers are the groanings of the
heart. Breath prayers don’t replace our time of prayer and devotion, but they
are quick ways to keep connected to our Heavenly Father through the day. Other
“Turn her/his heart toward you.”
“Turn my heart toward her/him.”
“Bless ___________through me.”
“Here I am, Lord.”
An old southern favorite I’ve prayed
for years, “Lord, have mercy,” could work in just about any situation!
In his book, Prayer,
the Mightiest Power in the World, Frank Lauback, wrote that he had
a habit of “shooting” prayers at people as he passed them. He called them
“flash prayers” and bombarded passers-by with prayers of love and good will. He
proudly swished love and prayers all over the place. These flash prayers send
out positive power and good will that passes between humans.
for your children or other family members whenever their birthdays come around
the clock. For example, if your son’s birthday is February 6, say a quick
prayer for him if you glance up and notice the clock says 2:06.
simple photograph can be a great reminder to pray for others. When your eyes
land on a photo, take a moment to pray.
a sticky note on a mirror or any strategic place as a prayer reminder.
– Pray for those nearest you such as your spouse, children, siblings, family,
friends and co-workers.
Finger - Pray for those who instruct, heal and minister such as teachers,
health care professionals, pastors and church workers.
Finger – Pray for leaders - locally, nationally and internationally
Finger – Pray for those sick and in need.
Finger – Pray for your needs.
– Adoration. We begin a prayer by acknowledging and praising God as the
all-knowing, all-powerful God. He is the Good Shepherd, King of Kings, Holy
One, Lord of Lords, Creator. On and on we can go. Showing our adoration brings
us joy and honors God.
– Confession. After thinking of God’s greatness, we focus on our own weaknesses
and frailties. We confess our sin and ask forgiveness. Yes, we name them and
ask him to make us aware of our sins.
– Thanksgiving. Jesus willingly gave his life as payment for my sin. Now it’s
time to thank him for the many blessings of life: family, friends, health, job,
salvation, church, etc. A thankful heart transforms us and changes our attitude
as we face the challenges of the day.
– Supplication. After thanking God for all of our blessings, we then turn to
praying for the needs of those around us, our world, and the outer world.