Especially when I don’t know exactly what to pray, I like to turn to Scripture and let it guide my prayer time. It’s obviously God’s will and so what better thing to reference to while lifting up requests before the Lord? One of my all-time favorite passages while praying for my brothers, dad, cousins, and brothers-in-Christ is Psalm 112. It is such a powerful picture of a man after God’s own heart.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
praying that he’ll fear the Lord, delight greatly in His commandments
His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
for his decisions, future years, wife/family
Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.
that he will endure and have diligence
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
that he’ll be upright, gracious, light in darkness, full of compassion, righteous
A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.
that he’ll deal graciously, lend, guide his doings with discretion
Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
that he’ll never be shaken
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
that his heart would be steadfast, trusting in the Lord
His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
that his heart is established, not afraid, free from fear
He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor.
that he’ll have a giving heart
The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.
I feel like I just reiterated everything, ha. Really love this passage.
A few practical tips:
- My go-to, most favorite spot for personal prayer time is while driving in the car. It’s a quiet space to pray and cry out to Him for strength. It’s also an opportunity to specifically lift up the people you’re on your way to be with that day.
- ValMariePaper’s undated prayer journal is a GAME-CHANGER, people. Wow. I had heard a lot of hype about it from many influencers on Instagram and, wow, they are 100% correct: it’s amazing to have such a handy, simple, beautiful place to keep track of prayer requests. My watermelon-colored one is already well worn, never too far away, and pretty much one of my favorite things ever. [Edited to add: Val recently shared a free printable which gives a taste of the journal, if you’re interested!]
- A prayer word document. Even though I love the concept of prayer journaling in an actual journal, I often like to switch it up with a word document since it’s similar to a speed of talking.
- If you’re looking for a book on prayer, this one is pretty great!
Please feel free to chime in with practical tips for lifting up our brothers in prayer in the comment box. 🙂
Keep going strong!
[Elizabeth is a second generation sister-with-all-brothers. She especially loves muddy outdoor adventures, laughing in the kitchen, volleyball matches, and 1am donut runs with her three brother bears.]