PRAY Prayer Guide

P    Praise

When we seek to pray the names of God, it’s best to first start by identifying those specific names, and what they mean. Once we understand these names, we can confidently declare these powerful truths into our spoken or written prayers.


       1. El Roi–The God who Sees (Gen.16:13)

In this passage God appears to Hagar when she flees to the desert from the mis-treatment of her mistress Sarai. God took the time to meet this Egyptian slave girl right where she was. She was not insignificant to Him–and God provided exactly what she needed. In our times of difficulty, we must remember that God is still El Roi today. He sees you and your pain, and you matter deeply to him!


Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are El Roi–the God who sees. According to your word, you look down from heaven and see all mankind (Ps.33:13). Look down on us and those in our sphere of influence, and have mercy on us. Guard us with your truth, and lead us in the way you want us to go.


2. El Shaddai–The All Sufficient God (Gen.17:1)

In this passage God appears to Abram and declares that he is El Shaddai–-the all-sufficient God. God then changed Abram’s name to Abraham and declared that he would be the father of many nations. How was this possible when Abram and Sarai were barren and childless? Because God is all sufficient–nothing is too hard for him! The next time you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible, remember that you are the child of El Shaddai, and nothing is too difficult for our God!


Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are El Shaddai–the all-sufficient God. Nothing is too difficult for you. You sustain the entire world in your hands, and nothing is hidden from your sight. (Heb.4:13) You are all-powerful and mighty–praise be to your name! Help us to remember that no matter what we will face, you will uphold us with your righteous right hand (Ps.48:10).


3. El Elyon–the Most High God (Ps.9:2)

Another name for God is the Most High God–there is no one above him! He is exalted above all other kings, monarchs, and those in authority. He is lifted high, and his enemies are scattered (Ps.68:1). Sometimes the problems and difficult circumstances in our lives can seem so daunting–without knowing, we exalt our problems over the greatness of our Most High God. But because God is El Elyon, our circumstances must bow the knee to the Most High God! The next time you feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the circumstances in your life remember this: our God is exalted above all!


Prayer: Lord, I praise your name that you are El Elyon–the Most High God. Is there anything too hard for you? Is there any king, ruler, or authority greater than you? No–you are exalted above all! Help us to trust you with our lives, and to remember that nothing can separate us from your love (Romans 8:39).


R   Repent

     Psalm 139:23–24 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

24And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!


We all feel sorrow. And if we let it, we can just stay there. Godly sorrow takes it a step further and uses a word to describe what it looks like to be led from sin to salvation – Repent. Repentance says, When God points out anything in my life, in my heart or in my thoughts that offends Him, I’m going to turn from it and go the other direction. I’m going to walk away from sin and toward Jesus.

We should pray this prayer with determination. It will show itself in three ways:


o   First, we shall Admit what God reveals: 

If we are sincere, we will immediately recognize anything He reveals in our lives which is grieving to Him.


o   Second, we shall Confess and Renounce what God Reveals: 

If He shows us that we have a critical spirit (slandering other Christian), or that we have taken something that does not belong to us, we shall be willing at once to confess the thing that is wrong and to renounce it and to rejoice in the truth of 1 John 1:9!


o   Third, we shall make Restitution where this is Required: 

If we have slandered someone, we shall apologize to them; if our careless speaking has misrepresented them before others, we shall confess this; if we have taken something that does not belong to us we shall restore the stolen thing.                                                                                       

Notice how the prayer concludes - “Lead me in the way everlasting.” This is the way of peace, joy, power and usefulness. Will you pray this prayer, not only now but frequently?


A  Ask   

John 14:13–14 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.


1.   Lord, Help this Church Worship you with an Undistracted Heart

Heavenly Father, this morning—and all of history—is about you. Please help us worship you with an undistracted heart. You know how our minds wanders to our upcoming week, present worries, and thoughts of others and other things. Help us put those thoughts away and focus on you and your glory. Would your Spirit cause our hearts soul, mind, and strength to exalt your Holy Name in our singing, listening to Your Word, and interacting with your people.


2.   Lord, Reveal to this Church the Wonders of your Word.

Father, you spoke the world into existence (Gen.1). You speak new life into your children to give us the light of the knowledge of your glory in Christ (2 Cor.4:6). Give us the grace to receive your Word and rejoice in it (Ps.119:18). Convict us of our sins and Christ’s sufficiency so that sinners would be converted (Jn.16:7–11).


Father, we pray for our elder Howy as he opens Your word. Bless his mind with sharpness, with understanding and joy in making discoveries in Your Word. May he see how Your truth applies in this life and our world. Lord, we pray that the messages that you have planned will meet the needs of your sheep. We pray that as he delivers your message, whether online or in person, the hearts of people will be pierced, and lives will be transformed. Help Howy to remember that he serves a God who is big, who is strong, and who is mighty. May Howy lean faithfully and rest securely on Your mighty arm. In the Powerful Name of Jesus, we Pray, Amen.


Y   Yield

The Lord’s Prayer is clear about who is in charge and who is not. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When entering into prayer, we should do so with a posture of yielding to whatever it is that God wants to do in, for, and through us to grow his kingdom.


1. For Salvation

John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.


2. For Sanctification (Transformation)

2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.