One of the most effective ways to pray is to pray the word of God and personalize it so it applies to either yourself or others for whom you are praying. Below are some model prayers that you can pray that are built directly from God’s word. One caution: Just reading these prayers Like reading a book will do you little if any good. This is God’s word that we are praying to God himself. These are his inspired words. Take them to heart and pray them from your heart, from a place of faith. Maybe spend a little time meditating on what you will pray before you pray it. At any rate, this is just one very effective way to pray. It isn’t a magic formula.
Prayer for people who don't know Jesus
“Father, I pray for (the unsaved) and ask you to take out their heart of stone and give them a new heart of flesh, circumcise their heart so they will love you. Father, grant them repentance and a knowledge of the truth that they may escape from the snare of the devil, open their hearts so that they believe the gospel. Put your Spirit within them and cause them to walk in your statutes.” (Ezekiel 11:19, Deuteronomy 30:6, Ezekiel 36:27, 2 Timothy 2:25-26, Acts 16:14)
Prayer for Personal Fruitfulness
“Father, I ask that I may be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of you, Lord, fully pleasing to you: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to you Father, who have qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. You have delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of your beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Colossians 1:9-14 ESV – personalized
Prayer for an undivided heart
Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name. ESV
(give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name. NIV) Psalm 86:11
Father, teach me you ways so I can live in obedience to you ways and grant to me an undivided heart that will fear only you and have no fear of man.
Prayer for when the Word seem dry and uninteresting
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain! Psalm 119:36
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18
Prayer for Fellow laborers
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
Lord of the harvest, please call up more laborers for the harvest, both those will give themselves to extraordinary prayer and fasting and those who will give themselves as evangelists to take the gospel to our neighbors, family, and friends. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for satisfaction in Jesus
Lord, in the morning when we first rise, fill us up to overflowing with your never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love, that we might rejoice and be glad all the days of our lives.
Psalm 90:14 paraphrased