I just recently read the book, Pray Big, by Will Davis Jr. He talks about praying pinpoint prayers. “There are two basic principles in effective pinpoint praying, and both are easy to master. The first is be specific…the second principle is be biblical” (pp. 15-16). He stresses the importance of praying back scripture to the Lord, because we need to pray according to the will of God. We also need to be specific in our prayers. Praying things like, “Lord, please bless Susie,” are vague. How do you want the Lord to bless Susie? Is Susie a Christian? If she is, then the Bible says she is already blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3). Be more specific with your prayers.
Another trap we fall into is praying temporal prayers (earthly prayers) rather than kingdom prayers (advancing God’s kingdom). This happens many times when people are giving prayer requests. We pray for Jane Doe’s surgery and Johnny Smith’s job loss. These are not bad requests, but they are only temporal or earthly prayers. To pray a kingdom prayer we would find out Jane’s spiritual condition. If she is lost, pray for her surgery and her salvation. If she is a Christian, pray that she will use this illness to witness to those around her in the hospital. Start asking the Lord to help you learn how to pray kingdom prayers.
When you gather together to pray for our nation according to the Lord’s Prayer, begin with praise (Part 2 of series), then pray intercessory prayer for our nation (see Part 3 of this series), your friends, and loved ones. Next pray petitions for you and your family. Tomorrow we will look at verse 12 of the Lord’s Prayer.
Remember to pray united prayer for America, because there is power in united prayer.
Will Davis Jr. Pray Big (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 2007), 15-16.
Please see my other posts to continue learning How to Pray using the Lord’s Prayer