Do you struggle with how or what to pray? You are not alone, even the disciples struggled. Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven all the time and explained how to pray to the Father in Matthew chapter 6.  This prayer model, I think, came from a conference called “Praying for One Hour With Jesus” by Larry Lea. I have modified it to help me in my prayer time and I hope you find it helpful.  Prayer is essential for staying close to God and not drifting away into dangerous waters where all kinds of evil lurk to destroy you.  If you would like the PDF of this prayer format, then send me a request through my contact page.  In my next post, I will address some of the reasons why our prayers do not get answered.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Begin your prayer time with worship and praise (Ps. 100:1-5) and remember that He is your Father through the blood of Jesus and believing in His name.  (Gal. 4:4-6; Rom. 8:14-17). Hallow (regard as holy) the names of God…

    1. Yahweh Tsidkenu – The Lord who is our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6)
    2. Yahweh M’Kaddesh – The Lord who is our Sanctifier (Ex. 31:13)
    3. Yahweh Shalom – The Lord who is our Peace (Judges 6:24)
    4. Yahweh Shammah – The Lord who is present with us (Ez. 48:35)
    5. Yahweh Jireh – The Lord who is our Provider (Gen. 22:13,14)
    6. Yahweh Nissi – The Lord who is our Banner or Victory (Ex. 17:8-15)
    7. Yahweh Rohi – The Lord who is our Shepherd (Psa. 23:1)
    8. Yahweh Rophe – The Lord who is our Healer (Ex. 15:26)

“Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Now set your priorities for the day, determining that God’s perfect will be accomplished in the following areas. (1 John 5:14-15)

MON.   Your nation (political and judicial leaders) (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
TUES.   Your family (mate, children, other family members)
WED.   Your Church (Pastor Eph. 6:20, Col. 4:4; leadership, fellow saints)
THUR.  Missionaries
FRI.      Your personal requests (Rom. 12:1-2)
SAT.     Your Neighbors and Friends

“Give us today our daily bread.”

Present your needs to God. (Notice that Jesus took for granted that we would pray daily!)  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving (Col. 4:2).  Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

  “Forgive us our sins as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.”

Make sure nothing is impairing your relationship with the Father. Sin blocks your prayers. (Ps. 66:18; Is 59:1, 2) Pray something like the following:

  • I ask that you search my heart and mind and show me any unloving thoughts, attitudes, or actions. (Jer. 17:10; Rev. 2:23; Ps 139:23-24)
  • Forgive me for ___ and cleanse me from all sin. (Ps. 103:2-3; Matt. 18:23-35; 1 John 1:9)
  • I forgive ___, who was unloving and offended me. (Matt. 6:14-15)
  • Help me to be thankful and bless those who may offend or insult me today.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Seek to be “led by the Spirit” throughout the day.

  • I expect that You will lead me and ___ by the Spirit and Your Word. (Rom. 8:14)
  • I pray that forces beyond my control won’t lead me and ___ into trials and temptations (2 Peter 2:9)
  • Thank you for delivering me and ___ from evil. (Luke 22:31-32)
  • I put on the armor of God so that I can stand against the wiles of the evil one. (Eph. 6:11-18)

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power, and the glory forever.”

Affirm the absolute Lordship of Christ in all things.

    1. Confess the victory you have as a member of God’s kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
    2. Declare by faith that the power of God will be manifested that day. (Ps. 21:13)
    3. Proclaim God’s glory to cover the earth. (Ps. 72:19)
    4. Affirm the absolute Lordship of Christ in all things

Another prayer model I use almost every day is Who God is — Daily A-C-T-S Prayers


Four Reasons for Authority in Prayer

How to Experience a Heavenly Life on Earth.

Psalm 91:1–How to Dwell in Heaven Now

Four Realities of the Spirit World

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Author: Joyce Holzman Hanscom

I teach incarcerated women in the county jail about how to discover a new reality for their lives. Discovering a new reality is achieved when you heal emotions from painful memories and transform negative heart issues. When false beliefs are transformed by truth, then you can love from a pure heart and make wise decisions.


      1. I pasted your post into a Word document, and printed it out (with credit to your website) to hand out at our next Ladies Book Study. Thank you for this resource.


  1. You are such a blessing to me. Thank you Lord for helping me find this website/page and teaching me how to worship/pray you. 🙏🏼 May your house is always filled with health, abundance and joy.


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