The privilege and practice of praying daily is very important to me. The fact that I, as a mere human being, can come to the creator and sustainer of life and tell Him my wants, needs, and desires, for both me and others, is a wonderful blessing. Sometimes during the day, when they occur, I mentally make a note that when I have my devotions that night, I will have to pray about it. Sometimes I just stop what I am doing and take a few moments to pray right then and there.
These are some of the categories of what and who I pray for. While I may not pray for everything on this list every time I pray, here are the main focuses in my personal prayers:
ME! ― I am at the top of my prayer list. Yes, I make myself a priority in prayer. All day long I am giving to others in so many ways. That is fine and I love to help, but when it comes to asking God for things, I need His help to do what He has given me to do. I need His strength, I need His direction, His wisdom, His help and His blessing for me personally. If I am empty emotionally, physically, or spiritually, I cannot give anything to others. No one else in the world can pray for me like I can. So I take advantage of this fact and put me first on my prayer list.
My Husband ― Many times I end up thanking God for my wonderful husband. Whatever is specifically bothering my husband or what he may be facing that day, I pray about it for him. Many times I ask if there is anything specific he would like me to pray for him and I pray according to his reply. I read and like Stormie Omartian’s book Power of a Praying Wife for ideas to help pray for specifics for my husband.
My Family ― I truly love all of my family members, though I must admit, I like some more than others. Whatever is going on with my family members― both the ones that I like and those that I don’t― it is an act of love to ask God to bless them. When I know there is a definite need in the family, I pray specifically for that person and situation.
My Pets ― My pets are part of my family, and I pray for them in a general way. For those with specific needs such as sickness, an upcoming operation, or even physiological issues, I pray for them according to their needs.
My Pastor ― I pray for my pastor on Saturday night for Sunday services. On Wednesday, I pray for him as he delivers the Bible study that night. When there is something specific that I know about, I pray about that for him also.
My Church Family ― The people I go to church with need my prayers. Again, although I feel closer to some more than others, I pray for the needs that I know about. Many times those in the church have prayer requests that are related to salvation, jobs, health, marriage issues, children, and travel. Sometimes I go through the entire church directory and pray for each of the families represented. If nothing else, I pray for those families to be strong.
America ― I am so happy and feel so blessed to be an American. Yet as I look about and hear and read the news, I am very saddened, so I pray for my country. I ask God to forgive us as a nation since we have, in many areas, rejected Him and His ways. I pray for our president, his family, and his advisors for salvation and for wisdom.
Friends and Others ―Finally, there are people I know and care about who may or may not be saved. If they are not saved, I pray for them to get saved. I also pray that God will give them wisdom and guidance, and help them with whatever needs they may be facing. Some of these people include my veterinarians, people in the news, casual acquaintances, and stray cats to name a few.
Many times I don’t know the results of my prayers. However, I do believe that God hears each of them, and that our sincere prayers please Him. I believe that praying for someone, especially for their salvation (if they are not saved), is one the best things we can do for another human. I hope that my prayer list will encourage you in your personal prayer life.