Pray for a generous spirit.  Ask God to help you express your gratitude for the blessings He has given you by giving generously to others.  Pray that your giving will give people hope and encouragement, while also honoring God.  Look for opportunities to give extravagantly.  Pray that your giving will inspire the people who receive from you to praise God.

Pray for spiritual authority.  Ask God to help you access all the power He has made available to help you fight Satan.  Call upon Jesus’ power to defend you from evil’s attacks on your life.  Pray for the discernment you need to recognize Satan’s schemes and the wisdom to know how to oppose them.  Ask God to show you which areas of your life you may have yielded to Satan without knowing it; then to help you get rid of those strongholds and bring every thought under God’s authority.  Pray for the courage you need to resist Satan by commanding him to leave you.

Pray for your faith.  Ask God to increase your faith.  Pray that your belief in His presence and power will be conduit for His supernatural work in and through you.  Ask God to help you overcome your fears and doubts, to trust Him even though you can’t see Him now, and to fill you with the Holy Spirit as you place your faith in Him.

Pray for your courage.  Ask God for the courage t honor God, even if it means you lose favor with people; practice immediate obedience, even if it will cause difficulty for others; speak God’s truth and share His love with others when given the opportunity; confess your own sins and seek the forgiveness of others when necessary; be authentic in relationships and not to hide your feelings; stand for what’s right and true, even if it means standing alone; and go where God leads you, do what God tells you, and become what God is calling you to be, even if it it’s way beyond your comfort zone.

Pray for yourself to decrease and Jesus to increase in you.  Ask God to help you surrender your ego and personal agenda to God’s purposes for your life.  Pray for freedom from the desire to gain glory for yourself from your work in God’s kingdom; focus on humbly serving in whatever ways will bring God the glory.  Ask God to help you be content doing any type of task that He calls you to do.  Pray that you would never boast except in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for you.

Learn the Bible well.  Enhance your prayers by saturating your soul in Scripture so it will naturally come to mind when you pray.  Read the Bible often, meditate on it, and memorize it.

Practice spiritual breathing.  Praying should become as natural to you as breathing.  The more you learn to pray with ease and consistency, the more you’ll find that you’re filled with the Holy Spirit.  Exhale by confessing the sins that pollute your soul and seeking God’s forgiveness, healing, and restoration.  Then inhale by asking God to fill you with the Holy Spirit, which gives you spiritual life.  Practice your spiritual breathing regularly throughout each day so you don’t get too much junk accumulating in your soul or go too long without the Holy Spirit empowering you.

Practice fasting.  Adding fasting to your prayers humbles you, increases your mental and spiritual awareness, shows God that you’re serious about what you’re praying for, and helps you better tune into what God wants to tell you.  Pray for the desire to fast.  Read about fasting, ask some friends to pray for you as you fast, start small, and give yourself some grace throughout the process.

Worship often.  Ask God to give you a strong desire to worship Him.  Praise God regularly for who He is and what He has done for you.  Pray for God to set your heart free to love and adore Him.

Adapted from Faith Set Free: Pray for Yourself with Reckless Abandon, copyright 2009 by Will Davis, Jr. Published by Revell
Will Davis Jr. (DMin, Southwestern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Pray Big, Pray Big for Your Marriage, Pray Big for Your Child, and Why Faith Makes Sense. An avid hiker, mountain climber, and water-skier, Davis and his wife, Susie, have three children and live in Austin, Texas. 

Original publication date: June 23, 2009