Prayers of Petition

The first area of prayer most of us develop is praying for ourselves—or prayers of petition. Even there we can learn to pray God’s will for our lives. Here is a simple list developed by Alvin VanderGriend that presents 26 scriptural items on which to focus our prayers for ourselves.

You can petition God for any or all of the following spiritual blessings for yourself with the confidence that you will be given what you ask because they are in line with God’s will (1 John 5:14-15). This assumes that you ask in faith and have a pure heart.

A— abiding in Christ (John 15:4-5)

B— blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3)

C— conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29)

D— delivered from the evil one (Matt. 6:13)

E— equipped for works of service (Eph. 4:11-13)

F— forgiven of my sins (Matt. 6:12)

G— grace upon grace from his fullness (John 1:16)

H—holiness in all I do (1 Pet. 1:16)

I— integrity and uprightness (Ps. 25:21)

J— joy of the Lord, complete in me (John 15:11)

K— knowledge and depth of insight (Phil. 1:9)

L— love for God and neighbor (Matt. 22:37-39)

M—meditating on the Word of God (Ps. 1:2)

N— new mind, new self (Eph. 4:23-24)

O— obedience to all that Christ commands (Matt. 28:20)

P— prayer in the Holy Spirit (Eph. 6:18)

Q— quietness and trust as your strength (Isa. 30:15)

R— righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit (Rom. 14:17)

S— strong in the Lord and his mighty power (Eph. 6:10)

T— thinking God-honoring thoughts (Phil. 4:8)

U— useful to the master (2 Tim. 2:21; 1 Pet. 4:10)

V— virtues covered with love (Col. 3:14)

W—worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)

X— X-rayed by the Spirit (Ps. 139:23-24)

Y— yearning for God (Ps. 84:2; Isa. 26:9)

Z— zeal in the service of the Lord (Rom. 12:11)

–Alvin VanderGriend. Taken from Love to Pray. Used by permission of PrayerShop Publishing.

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