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James 1:17 What Should We Pray For?

posted Jun 17, 2020, 8:18 AM by Jacob Boer

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

What should we pray for? Almost every time I’ve asked someone to pray in public, I’ve been asked this question, but it’s also a question many new followers of Jesus ask as well, and I wonder if many of us who have been following Jesus for much longer don’t often think ourselves. Jesus tells us to pray for the things we need, but to think also about what pleases God and helps God’s kingdom. We pray, knowing that God enjoys giving us the things we need and ask for, but he wants to give us what is good for us, not what will hurt us. So when you pray, ask for what you need, what others may need and for what will help our communities flourish.

Q. What did God command us to pray for?

A. Everything we need, spiritually and physically, as embraced in the prayer Christ our Lord himself taught us.