How Do You Pray a Prayer of Petition with the Right Heart?
When presenting our requests to the Lord, it is important to make sure that we do it with the right heart and attitude. We can learn a lot from Jesus, for what it looks like to pray like this.
In Matthew 6:9-11, Jesus is teaching the disciples how to pray. He tells them that when they start praying, first they should say, “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy,” which shows reverence, and an attitude of praise and thankfulness toward God for who he is. He goes on after that and says, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” We should pray in alignment with the purposes of God and surrender to his will. Then Jesus says, “Give us today the food we need,” then when we have the right heart, we should submit our requests to God. From this passage, Jesus gives us a good sense of what our prayer life should look like. When we make it a practice to praise and thank the Lord for who he is, then submit ourselves to him, we are able to be in the right mindset to ask.
Here are 6 powerful and biblical prayers of petition:
1. Prayer of Petition for My Family
Thank you for being in control, and that we can trust you with all things. Help me to remember that you have my best interests in mind, including for my family. I lift up each member of my family to you. Would you give them confidence in the fact that you are with them every moment of the day? Help them know how much you love them. Give them wisdom and strength for their day. Help them know they can rely on you for everything. Ultimately, would they learn to walk with you, and grow in their relationship with you? I trust you that they are completely in your hands. Amen.
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