What To Pray For?

Have you ever wondered if your prayers were too selfish? Have you ever wondered what to pray? How do we pray for things?


This is my last post on the C.A.T.S prayer pattern. The S stands for “Supplication.” Supplication is simply asking for something. In prayer this is where we typically spend most of our time asking God for help, provision etc.

When I was three years old my twin brother and I wanted red bicycles for us to ride. I found out years later that my parents did not have much money (my dad was the pastor at a small rural church). In fact the said the cupboards were bare and we did not have much food at the house.

My parents knowing that they could not afford the bikes for Christmas, told my brother and I to pray for them. And we specifically prayed for red bikes for each of us.

One Sunday evening close to Christmas, we pulled into our driveway and on the doorsteps leading into our house were 2 big, brown bags of groceries and 2 red bicycles with training wheels.

To this day my parents have no idea who blessed our family with much needed food and bikes. We called them our angel bikes. God was so good in answering our prayers down to the very detail and more.

How have you seen God answer your prayers?

Asking for things in prayer seems like second nature to most Christians. It is our fall back prayer and the one that we tend to be the best at. Why is that? These prayers tend to revolve around us. I know this because that is how I tend to pray.

So what does the Bible teach us about praying?

Let’s Look at the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13.

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Here some quick takeaways:

Ask according to God’s Will- This is hard, as we want our will to be done first then God’s will has to fit in. Prayer should draw us to God’s Will not drawing God to our will. Click To Tweet We need to pray objectively so that we are willing to do whatever God tells us to do or not to do. I have found and heard that there are 3 answers that God gives to our prayers, Yes, No and Wait. It takes much prayer to find this answer but do so seeking God’s Will.

Ask for your daily needs: Philippians 4:19 (ESV) 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Ask God for your physical, spiritual, emotional, family and financial needs.

Ask God for protection from evil – Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Spend time praying for God’s protection over your life spiritually. The devil is out to make every Christian to stumble, so be on guard.

Ask in Jesus Name: John 14:13-14 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Pray for others: Colossians 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you. When praying, spend time praying for those around you. This may be your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and people at church or in small groups, leaders, government leaders and your president.

Remember: Prayer should draw us to God’s Will not drawing God to our will.

How have you seen God answer your prayers?

What are some things that you typically pray for?


Here are links to all the other posts in this series starting with the first.

The C.A.T.S Prayer Pattern

The Importance of Confessing Your Sins

What is Confession and How Do You Confess?

How to Have Personal Worship Time

Praying The Names of God

How Thanking God Strengthens Your Prayer Life

3 Ways to Reflect Our Thanks

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