Prayer is powerful. Prayer changes things. In fact, Paul the apostle tells us to pray without ceasing! I, personally, have found it helpful to have a list of things to pray for daily. Having a prayer list helps me to pray strategically and consistently.
I love this quote from Priscilla Shirer:
“Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and all his ploys against you.” – Priscilla Shirer, Fervent
As you think about some of the important things to pray for every day, there are some other things you want to consider.
“Prayer is the greatest use of my words.” – Rick Warren
Not only is prayer a critical component for nourishing our relationship with God, but it is also the greatest weapon we have in our battle against our spiritual enemy. The devil is relentless in his fight to steal, kill, and destroy the hope, joy, and peace we are meant to live in. We must be relentless in our attack against him.
The good news is that our fighting is from a place of victory! So we can pray confidently, specifically, and in full assurance of hope.
I love what Paul the apostle
List of Things to Pray for Daily
Therefore, if we really believe that prayer is powerful, then there are some important things that we should ask God for in prayer. Here are some prayer list ideas.
1. Pray for Your Home and Family
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord – Joshua 24:15 NASB
For many of us home is where much of life happens. As a Christian woman, I firmly believe that our most important ministry happens among those we live with. We need to be praying for our roles as mothers and wives.
I would also include the extended family that we are close to. Maybe you are a grandma who spends a lot of time with her grandchildren. Pray for them every day!
Pray for your marriage! These are powerful prayers. This is absolutely one of the important things to pray for every day.
Marriage is one area where the enemy loves stirring up chaos. Marriage is the foundation of the family. Families are the foundation of the church. The church is the avenue God uses to advance His kingdom.
The enemy would love to sink his claws into Christian marriages in an attempt to cripple the kingdom from advancing.
Fortify your marriage with prayer!
2. Pray for the Requests of Others
For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers making requests – Romans 1:9 NASB
Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can participate in supporting, building up, and serving the body of Christ. I have found it helpful to keep a list on my phone or a section in my prayer journal to write down a list of things to pray for others. Many times these requests can be prayed for at the moment – in fact, I try to do this as often as possible.
3. Things to Pray for Yourself
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 NASB)
What pressures are you under? As you go throughout your day, what anxious thoughts do you find your mind naturally drifting towards? These thoughts may point to the very area the enemy is targeting. These are important things to pray for yourself.
So often our natural tendency is to just ponder our anxious thoughts. Instead, pray for things on your mind.
4. Pray for Our Nation, the World, and Leaders
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men (1 Timothy 2:1 NASB)
The world is growing darker as the days press on. We must be interceding.
List of Things to Pray for in the World
Pray for the people within your reach of influence who need Jesus. Ask the Lord how He would have you reach out to those people.
Pray for current events in our nation and around the world.
Pray for government officials – that they would govern in accordance with righteousness. That they restrain evil and promote that which is good. In the current state of our nation pray that true corruption is revealed and that blinded eyes be opened to see it.
5. Prayers of Thanksgiving
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB)
and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Thanksgiving is God’s will for us, and thanksgiving connects us to and keeps our minds in the peace of God.
We live in a world obsessed with stress. When the world can witness gratitude in us, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, it testifies to the hope and assurance of our faith. It testifies of the peace we have in Christ. Thanksgiving sets us apart from the world.
Therefore, when God’s people choose to walk in an attitude of gratitude, it brings glory to Him. The book of Psalms is filled with verses of praise and thanksgiving. Use these scriptures to find some short prayer of thanks. These prayers can be used for powerful morning declarations!
Thanksgiving is an essential habit that I need to develop – that all of us, as Christian women, must develop. Start lifting up some short prayers of thanks throughout your day. I’m confident you will find your mind lifted up from out of the stress of your day and into heavenly places.
More Prayer Topic Ideas
Here are some other topics and scriptures to help you come up with your own list of things to pray for daily.