A Biblical Format to #Reimagine your Prayer List
Phil Miglioratti • The ReimagineFORUM @ Pray.Network
God pursues a daily relationship with us, prompting us to express praises and petitions in the conversation of worship and intercession.
We believe our prayers are received by the God revealed throughout Holy Scripture; the Creator who is revealed with a variety of "names" for the vastly different needs that prompt us to pray. These names are descriptors of the fullness of God's glory/being. They do not indicate a council of gods nor do they indicate God changes with each name. These descriptors help us focus on God's prime function in a specific situation.
God is the same, yesterday-today-forever, complete and unchangeable in every circumstance we or those we pray for encounter. These revealed scriptural signs are gifts from the Holy Spirit that enable us to imagine God in the role most closely related to the plea or lament of our prayer. These names do not change or control God; they invite us to be changed by entering into a character or quality of God's heart. I believe they are helps for us to understand the depth and width of the promise and possibilities in the apostle's declaration: "This is how God loved the world..." (John 3:16)
Consider entering with these simple, even brief, meditations:
- Who am I praying for?
- What is their/your need?
- What is the status of their faith?
- What name/function/role of God do they/you need revealed in this situation?
- Using that descriptor, speak to God:
- Welcome God's presence...
- Declare God's promises related to this situation
- Invite God's provision for the need
A sample prayer prompt ...
- Choose the name:
- "Wonderful Counselor...
- State the blessing of that focus/function:
- You are the source of all wisdom.
- Present your request, matching God's promise/power with the problem/need:
- I invite you to reveal wisdom to ___, who is heading in a dangerous direction..."
Below is a list of options. Begin by selecting the appropriate title for the person or problem you are being prompted to pray for.
You do not need to pray through each one; select as led by the Spirit. God is revealed throughout Scripture with many additional names/descriptors; incorporate them from your reading/research.
… I declare your authority into this circumstance or situation
*Our focus: Social dis-ease; problems, pressures
… I invite your presence and healing care for those in need
*Our focus: *Physical disease: illness, pain
… I seek a fresh filling of The Holy Spirit to provide wisdom for problem-solving, action-planning
*Our focus: *Relational dis-ease; trials, troubles
Prince of Peace
… I welcome your calming presence into this relational or national conflict
*Our focus: *Emotional dis-ease: hurt, abuse
… I petition your guiding and guarding in decision-making
*Our focus: *Opportunities and options; dead-ends and detours
Lord and Savior
… I Intercede to the Risen One on behalf of people who need faith to follow you, Jesus
*Our focus: *The lost: salvation. Those with less: provision. Those who lead: direction.