When you are not sure how to pray for someone or not sure how to pray for yourself, I highly recommend thumbing through Psalm 119. This is a psalm I go back to often. The psalmist knew how to pray. Consider these inspired prayers and adopt them as your own. I won’t list every single prayer here, because, as you know, Psalm 119 is very long. But here is a small sample for you, just to get you started.
Notice how these prayers begin with strong verbs: teach, deal, open, revive, strengthen, remove, grant, incline, turn, establish, give, help, hold, direct, make, hear, consider, plead, deliver. These are prayers of action! They are not vague, wishy-washy prayers, but prayers calling to Almighty God to rise up! If we want to be faithful women, women of prayer, we can learn by taking instruction from this psalm. God loves to answer the prayers of His people. So we ought to ask Him for far more than we do, reminding Him of His Word, speaking His language back to Him, and asking in faith for Him to intervene on our behalf.
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! (vs. 10)
Teach me Your statutes. (vs. 12,26, 33, 124)
Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live and keep Your word. (vs. 17)
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. (vs. 18)
Revive me according to Your word (vs. 25, 107) according to Your loving kindness (vs. 88, 159) according to Your justice (149) according to Your judgments (156).
Strengthen me according to Your word. (vs. 28)
Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. (vs. 29)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. (vs. 36)
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. (vs. 37)
Establish Your word to Your servant. (vs. 38)
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. (vs. 73, 144)
Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant. Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live. (vs. 76-77)
Help me! (vs. 86)
Hold me up, and I shall be safe. (vs. 117)
Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (133)
Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes. (135)
Hear me, O Lord! (145)
Consider my affliction and deliver me. (153)
Plead my cause and redeem me. (154)
Deliver me according to Your word. (170)
Let Your hand become my help. (173)
Now hit the pause button and look at a few examples of what the supplicant claims for himself:
With my whole heart I have sought You. (vs. 10)
With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. (14)
My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times. (vs. 20)
My soul clings to the dust. (vs. 25)
My soul melts with heaviness. (vs. 28)
I have chosen the way of truth. (30)
I cling to your testimonies. (31)
For I trust in Your Word. (42)
I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. (47)
I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, and I keep Your law. (55)
I am a companion of all those who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts. (63)
God wants us to remind Him (and ourselves) of our complete dependence on Him. But we should also recount to Him our love of His commands, His Word, His gospel, His Son, and His law, as well as our great need for His help and deliverance.
If we want to pray like Christians, we must imitate these prayers He has given us in His Word. Can you imagine what would happen if we started praying like this? A revival would break out! So let’s get started. Let it begin with us first.