15 Things to Pray About When You Don't Know What to Pray
As Christians, we know prayer is an important part of our relationship with God. It’s talked about many times in the Bible and I think we all have that natural pull to talk to the Lord.
However, the ability to pray isn’t necessarily programmed into our hearts and minds as soon as we accept Jesus as our Savior. Some people find it very easy to pray, while others do not. This can lead to a lot of doubts, insecurities, and roadblocks for growing in our faith!
If you find it difficult to pray in general, or maybe sometimes you just find a loss for words, I hope this list of 16 things to pray can help you become more confident in talking to God (even when you don’t know what to pray!)
1. Tell God About Your Day
This may seem so simple, but it’s so effective! Sometimes our fear or hesitation when it comes to prayer originates from how we view God. Maybe you see Him as unapproachable. However, the Bible tells us that He is our friend (John 15:15), so it’s okay to talk to Him like one!
Tell Him about your day, what’s going on in your life, anything that’s on your mind. He can’t wait to listen!
2. Simply Praise Him
Praise the Lord by sending up words of adoration. Tell Him how worthy, powerful, and Almighty He is. Whatever positive things you think of when the Lord comes to your mind, tell Him all about it.
3. Thank God for the Good
There’s nothing more special than sending up prayers of thanks. Even if you’re in a tough spot right now, there’s always something good. Show God your gratitude for even the smallest blessings in your life right now.
4. Thank God for the Bad
Which leads to another great point: thank Him for even the bad things.
This may seem counter-intuitive. Why would we be thankful for the negative going on in our life? But we know that God has plan for everything, He’s in control, and He is working through even the bad situations.
Thank Him for what He’s going to do through your pain!
4. Ask for God’s Protection Over Your Family and Friends
Not everything you prayer has to be about you. It’s a special kind of love when you genuinely pray for someone else.
When you’re at a loss of what to say, take the spotlight off of yourself and think of your loved one. Is someone you know going through a tough financial struggle? Needing spiritual guidance? Or simply commuting everyday to work or school and needs protection?
There are so many things we can pray about for our family and friends.
5. Pray for the Salvation of Others
Praying for the future salvation of others is so special, especially if you can name something specifically. Think of the friends, family members, acquaintances, and even enemies that have not yet come to the Lord.
6. Tell Him About Your Fears
1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our anxieties on God because He cares for us. If you’re worried, scared, or anxious about anything in your life right now, then lift it up to Him.
7. Ask Him to Reveal Answers to Your Questions
Sometimes we may feel like we have to come to God with everything all figured out. But that’s simply not the truth.
If we’re confused about something, needing guidance, or want answers, all we have to do is ask. We may not always get the answer we wanted or get it as quickly as we would like, but we should always ask.
8. Read from the Book of Psalm
Sometimes when I pray, I love reading a passage of Scripture from Psalm. This book is filled with praises, hymns, and prayers. It’s the perfect book of the Bible to use for prayer!
Need some suggestions? Try out Psalm 117-118 and Psalm 136.
9.Sit in Silence as You Let the Holy Spirit Intercede
Yes, this is a real thing! Romans 8:26-27 explains to us that the Holy Spirit can interceded in prayer for us when we don’t know what to say. How amazing!
Sit in humbleness, inviting the Holy Spirit in, and let Him do the talking.
10. Sing a Worship Song
I love to do this in the morning when I’m getting ready or when I’m driving around in my car. Turn on your favorite worship music or sing acapella and just lift up praises to our Lord!
11. Invite the Holy Spirit to Come into Your Presence
Sometimes you don’t need to start out your prayer with much of anything but an invitation. James 4:8 tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
Draw near to the Lord by inviting Him to come into your space and welcoming Him. Once you feel the Holy Spirit’s presence, it will probably make it easier for you to begin praying.
12. Pray for Your Husband or Boyfriend (even if you don’t have one yet)
Another great prayer is for your current (or future!) husband/boyfriend. Relationships in general are a two-way street, but Godly relationships are a three-way street! It must be made up of you, your significant other, and God.
One of the best ways to do this is to pray for your husband/boyfriend. And if you aren’t in a relationship yet, it’s never too early to start praying over that person (even if you don’t know who they are).
13. Ask for Healing Over Sick Loved Ones
Whether they have something very serious like cancer or they’re just suffering from a small cold, remember your sick loved ones in your prayers. Prayer has the power to heal!
14. Simply say “I Love You”
When you don’t know what to say, expressing your love for the Lord can be more than enough.
15. Ask Forgiveness for Sins
Yes, you’re already saved and been forgiven, but we should still humble ourselves before God and ask for forgiveness from sins we continue to commit everyday.
This can actually help us to become closer to God and may help you become more comfortable with prayer after you’ve broken down those sin barriers.
Hopefully these 15 topics have given you some ideas of what to pray about when you don’t know what to pray!
We all have days when we don’t know what to say to God, but with some guidance and practice we can all have a healthy and close prayer life with the Lord!
And for more help with prayer, check out my post on How to Pray.
Yours in Christ,
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