What does God want me to pray for?
Before that question gets answered we need to know the main purpose of prayer. The main purpose then, is to develop a love relationship to Almighty God. Yes, we can pray for things, but we must realize that what we want God to do for us is not the most important part of prayer. A great example of this is found in 1 Samuel 2. Hannah prayed this prayer when God gave her a son.
Then Hannah prayed and said; “ My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boast over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one beside you, there is no Rock like our God. Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows and by him deeds are weighed.
1 Samuel 2:1-3
Hannah’s prayer reflected on the greatness of God. Her prayer was building on a relationship she already had with God. Praise should be the first part of your prayer.
Another important aspect of prayer is the repentance of sin. Sin hinders that relationship with a holy God. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba he prayed this prayer.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
David wanted to restore his relationship with God that was hindered by sin. Now the question; what does God want me to pray for? Answer: Anything we want God to be part of, but with the mindset of thanksgiving. If you are hurting, be honest with God and plead with Him for the joy and peace that a relationship with Him offers. If a request, ask but wait for God’s timing and be okay if the answer is no.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.