What are we praying about?
When we pray, what are we praying about? How many of those prayers have already been answered by the promises God has made and His provision of all that we need for life and godliness?
A study by U.S. News and Beliefnet shows that people are praying for:
- Guidance, Success 93%
- Health, Safety 78%
- Forgiveness 76%
- Strength 75%
- Stronger Faith 74%
- Finances, Work 55%
Guidance, Success 93%
- 1 Corinthians 1:30 – ...you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God…
- 1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
- James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14 – Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ…
- Jehovah-Rohi – The Lord my Shepherd - Psalm 23
- Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord My Banner - Exodus 17:15
Health, Safety 78%
- Mark 16:17-18 – These signs will follow those who have believed …they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
- James 5:15 – and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick…
- Jehovah-Rohpe – The Lord who Heals – Exodus 15:26
- Romans 3:24 – Justified as a gift through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
- Romans 6:11 - Consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
- Romans 8:1 – Now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- Romans 8:39 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- 2 Corinthians 5:19 – God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them…
- Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord my Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6
- Jehovah-M’kaddesh – The Lord who Sanctifies – Exodus 31:13
- 1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 – My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.
- Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is There – Ezekial 48:35
- Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is Peace – Judges 6:24
Stronger Faith 74%
- Romans 12:3 – …as God has given everyone a measure of faith.
- Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.
- El-HaNe'eman – Faithful God - Deuteronomy 7:9
Finances or Work 55%
- Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
- 2 Peter 1:2-3 – …seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
- Luke 12:22-34 – Consider the lilies and sparrows. Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness.
- Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord my Provider – His Provision Shall be Seen – Genesis 22:14
How to access the promises of God in Christ:
- 2 Corinthians 1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.