Prayer Hacks

Prayer Hacks is a weekly blog that offers one idea, tip, or thought on prayer designed to “make prayer easier” and enhance or grow your personal prayer life.

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9 Compelling Reasons to Pray the Word

By Kim Butts Years ago, I was taught how to pray the Word of God—and it revolutionized my prayer life. It is the ultimate prayer manual written by God Himself. The Bible always makes His will clear to us through the written Word. Anything the Holy Spirit makes known to us will always be in

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Praying for the Unsaved

Here are some Scriptures and ideas of some key prayer points to use when praying for a lost friend or family member. SALVATION—My heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved (Rom. 10:1). Join with Paul in praying for the salvation of Jewish people. Ask God if there

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Praying When You Get the Wind Knocked Out

When I was in my junior high years we lived in the small town of Sherrill, NY, on a street with nine guys within a year of each other in age. We had a lot of fun and got into some innocent trouble together. A great time in life! I recall one night hanging out

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Praying Friends and Family to Jesus

One of the most important assignments believers have is to pray family and friends to Jesus Christ. Jesus interceded for future converts when he said to the Father, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their (disciples) message” (John 17:20). Paul interceded for the salvation of fellow Jews with heart-felt prayer:

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The Heart-Changing Power of Prayer

One of the most significant dynamics of prayer is how much it can change the heart of the one praying. We often come to God with stuff on our hearts—fix this, please do that, etc.—but as we pray, God begins to work on our hearts regarding both what we are praying about, and to shape

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A Prayer for Racial Healing

Cory Lee Father, I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me, the riches of your glorious inheritance in your holy people. Father, your intent was that now, through the church, your manifold wisdom should be made known to

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A Daily Plan to Pray for Our Nation

How can we pray effectively for the United States every day? Rather than simply praying, “God bless America” and hoping for the best, we can begin to pray God’s purposes and plans more strategically over the key influencers in our country. Many Christians are using the idea of seven centers of power as a guideline

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he revealed that the Father expects life to be filled with prayer. Notice the repetition: And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly,

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Praying for Peace

The world–and each of us–needs peace. The Bible says that as a follower of Jesus Christ we have God’s peace. We just need to “appropriate” it to experience it in our lives. Below are scriptures related to peace. If you are in the midst of a trial that is robbing you of peace, we recommend

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise

Yours Is the Kingdom, Power and Glory! O Lord, I praise You. From everlasting to everlasting, beginning to end, You alone are God! All greatness, power, glory, majesty, and splendor belong to You, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. All the kingdoms of the earth belong to You, and You are exalted as

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Praying in Jesus’ Name

At the Last Supper, Jesus said to His disciples: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24). By offering to let us pray in his name, Jesus is offering an amazingly great privilege. It’s as if he is giving

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Prayer and Friendship with God

By Alvin VanderGriend Human beings are created to live in fellowship with God.  We are meant to have and to enjoy life in relationship with God.  Psalm 16:11 tells us that “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your

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Praying the Ordinary

Ephesians 6:18 tells us: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Did you notice the four “alls” in this passage—“all occasions,” “all kinds,” “always,” and “all the saints”? What a simple way to

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Declaring Prayer

By John Maempa Because God’s Word is alive, dynamic, and powerful, (Hebrews 4:12), we can wield it boldly in warfare prayer. While our enemies, Satan and his forces, cannot read our thoughts, they can hear our declarations in prayer. And while we do not pray to our enemies, we certainly can direct prayer at them,

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The Cure for Anxiety

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) It happens regularly nowadays. A beep goes off in a room full of people.

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Prayer and a Clean Heart

By Alvin VanderGriend Sin hinders prayer. A person may pray and pray without receiving an answer, and then conclude that the problem is in God. In reality the problem may be in the person’s heart. David understood that if he cherished sin in his heart, the Lord would not hear him. One of the worst

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Are You Mentored in Prayer?

Having a Life Coach is a popular phenomenon these days. Many people—especially leaders–have someone who can look critically at a person’s effectiveness in their life work, relationships, etc., and offer tips and suggestions on how to improve in their areas of weakness. I don’t knock that practice, but I have never had such a person

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Avoiding Stinky Prayers

My favorite car of all time was a 1993 Nissan Sentra. I bought it brand new at the end of 1993, and had it until 2013. It was extremely dependable, costing me little in repairs. It had roughly 170,000 miles on it when I sold it. I loved that car. But in its later years,

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Turn a Verse into Prayer

In my life the #1 method of prayer has been praying Scripture or praying God’s Word back to Him. It brings the most power, the most comfort and peace, and the greatest results. It is extremely simple to do. While there are multiple ways to insert verses of Scripture into your prayers, here is the

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How to Pray for Your City

In Jeremiah 29:7, the prophet challenged people to pray for the city you live in, because if it prospers, you will prosper, too. Praying for God’s blessing on our communities is a powerful topic we all should consider praying for regularly. Here are 7 prayer points with Scriptures that you can use as you pray

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Lay Hold of the Kingdom

My wife and I travel back to her hometown in Lancaster County, PA, once or twice a year. It’s a long, 11-hour drive. When we first come into western Pennsylvania on I-70, there is an interesting stretch of road I like to call “the chute.” It’s a 35-mile or so stretch of road that has

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