Let Us Pray

We pray for our needs. We pray for help. We pray for comfort. We pray for healing. We pray for protection. We pray for guidance. We pray for mercy and grace. We pray for forgiveness. We pray in the Spirit.We pray without ceasing. We pray for others, and we are even called to pray for our enemies. We pray in Jesus name. We pray in our homes. We pray quietly alone in our prayer closet. We pray with others. Yet you can’t pray in school, and many places of employment. There are even countries where you can’t pray to Jesus without fear of death, but they still pray.

Daniel prayed three times a day, even when a law was passed saying that no one could pray to anyone but the king or they would be thrown into the lions den. Yet even this did not keep Him from directing His prayers to the One True God, The God of Israel, the God of Abraham.


Scriptures on prayer
James 5:13 Chapter Parallel Compare  13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Matthew 5:44 Chapter Parallel Compare 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Psalm 17:6 Chapter Parallel Compare  6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Romans 12:12 Chapter Parallel Compare  12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 8:26 Chapter Parallel Compare  26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
1 Thessalonians 5:17  Chapter Parallel Compare  17 pray continually,
James 5:16  Chapter Parallel Compare  16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Philippians 4:6  Chapter Parallel Compare  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Luke 18:1  Chapter Parallel Compare  1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.


Let us pray together, and for each other. I will pray for you. Will you pray for me? If you have a need for prayer please leave your request in the comments and I and others who read this will pray for you. For we are here to lift each other up in His love, and to encourage each other.




Today’s Verse for 07/11/2016

“Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” — Job 7:11


We sometimes think of God as too fragile, too distant, or too brooding to speak with him honestly about our dilemmas. Job wasn’t so shy. He is the great reminder that God prefers us to maintain our relationship with him, even if it is stormy. No matter where you are in your struggles, be honest with God — not disrespectfully, but sincerely. Let him minister to your truest hurts, frustrations, and fears, not just the simple and sanitized ones.


Abba Father, thank you for listening to my words and my heart. Thank you for providing the Holy Spirit and my Savior Jesus as intercessors for me before your throne. Thank you for wanting me in your presence even when my heart is full of conflict and pain. Thank you for loving me through my brokenness and strife. Most of all, thank you for your promise of bringing me home to you to share in your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/22/16

Praying with Paul for 05/22/2016

“Christ’s Love Letter” — 2 Corinthians 2:17-3:3

Dear Father,

Thank you, Father, that I am not just a peddler of your word, but that I am commissioned by you and that I speak in Christ.

Let everyone who comes to a knowledge of your will through what I teach be a living letter of recommendation, written on that person’s heart, to be known and read by everyone.

Let that person be a letter from Christ to the world, delivered by me, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on the tablets of the human heart.

In the name of Jesus I give thanks and make these requests. Amen.

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/21/2016

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Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/18/16

Praying with Paul for 05/18/2016

“Christ, Our Seal of Approval” — 2 Corinthians 1:20-22

Dear Father,

Thank you, my God, that you utter Yes to me. You establish and affirm my very being through Christ, and not only me but all your elect people.

Thank you for putting your seal of approval on me and giving me your Holy Spirit in my heart as your guarantee.

Thank you for saying Yes to me! Yes in yourself, yes in Christ, yes through the Spirit!

Thank you, Father, thank you. How I love you! How I praise your name on earth in hope that I may someday praise you for ever in heaven.

In the name of Jesus I ask this and utter my Yes! my Amen! according to his will. Yes! Amen!

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/17/16

Praying with Paul for 05/17/2016

“Christ, Our Yes” — 2 Corinthians 1:12-20

Amen! Yes! Abba, Dear Father,

Let me find pride in this – that my conscience testifies that I live my life in this world with holiness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by your graciousness.

Help me not to vacillate as I make my plans. Don’t let me be like those who are worldly, ready to say “Yes” and “No” at the same time, talking out of both sides of their mouth.

As surely as you, God, are faithful, let me act in good faith toward others. For your Son, Jesus Christ, in whom I believe by the preaching of the Good News, was not Yes and No, but was Yes! For all your promises find your Yes through him. So through him we utter the Yes, the Amen, at the close of our prayers – to your glory.

In the name of Jesus I ask this and utter my Yes! my Amen! according to his will. Yes! Amen!