[this is the information from this page developed into a handout in various formats and doublet-sided half-fold booklet]
Keep your prayers short so that others can also pray.
Stay on the topic suggested by facilitator.
Continue praying short prayers on the same topic until transition to next topic.
[Letting God know why you love Him: His love; His forgiveness, etc.]
Ps. 34:1-3 “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.”
“Prayer and praise offered to God by his believing children honor and glorify his name.”-Signs of the Times, June 6, 1895
[Admitting mistakes in appropriate ways: Forgive my temper, etc.]
Ps. 51:1-3 “Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. … For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.'
Ps. 139:23,24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“With the confession of the repenting, believing sinner, Christ mingles His own righteousness, that the prayer of fallen man may go up as fragrant incense before the Father, and the grace of God be imparted to the believing soul.”-Selected Messages, Vol. 1, 329
[Thanking Him for His many blessings: You gave me new job, etc.]
Ps. 103: 2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits…”
Eph. 5:8 “...giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ….”
1 Thess. 5:18 “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. If the loving-kindness of God called forth from our hearts more thanksgiving and praise, we should have far more power in prayer.”-Testimonies, Vol. 5, 317.
[Making specific requests: Please help with my finances, relationships, etc..]
Matt. 7:7,8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
1 John 5:14,15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Matt. 18:19,20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
“It is part of God's plan to grant us, in answer to the prayer of faith, that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask.”-Great Controversy, 525
Our Walk With God
Seeking Forgiveness and Mercy
Ps. 103:8-11 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
Seeking a Clean Heart
Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Ezek. 36:25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
Seeking the Holy Spirit
Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Healing From Physical and Emotional Sickness
3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Ps. 103: 2,3 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Mark 1:32-34 “At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. …Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.”
Deliverance & Victory Over Shortcomings and Addictions
1John 4: 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
1 Cor. 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Seeking Help With Impossible Situations
Matt. 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Help With Relationships
Ps. 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Ps. 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
Eph. 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Friends and Unfriendly People
Prov. 16:7 “When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Seeing Help With School and Studies
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Php. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Seeking Wisdom On Career Plans
Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (NIV)
Isa. 58:11 “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”
Seeking Wisdom On Plans For The Future
Ps. 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”
Ps. 3:5,6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Seeking Help With Overcoming Fear
Ps. 56:3 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Seeking Help To Overcome Struggles
Ps. 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Seeking Help With Finances
Matt. 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Mal. 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Php. 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
“When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it. Then we are to go about our duties, assured that the blessing will be realized when we need it most.”-Desire of Ages, 200
Compiled by Dan Augsburger (firstname.lastname@example.org) Learn more about prayer at discipleheart.com.