God put these 14 prayer categories on our hearts. Here are what each of them means:
As we pray for spiritual awakening, we are asking the Lord to move in His church by the power of the Holy Spirit. We desire to be equipped, to live as a spotless and blameless bride, to be alert and wise to the schemes of the enemy, to stand against evil, to intercede for others, and to influence our culture with the life and hope of Christ. (Ephesians 1:17-19)
We are called to be agents of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). We are asking the Lord to use us as a church and as individuals to bring about reconciliation and unity among the generations, marriages, families, races, socio-economic classes and educational levels.
When we pray for signs and wonders, we are asking for the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) to be activated and evident in our church corporately and in our lives individually. Signs follow those who believe in Jesus. (Mark 16:17-20)
When we pray for pastors, we are praying for shepherds of local churches in our city, state, nation and world. We are asking for help from God to lead His people well with an anointing and empowerment that comes from staying in His presence, speaking the truth of His word and serving those who are in pursuit of Him.
As we pray for church ministries, we are asking God to give leaders fresh vision and a renewed commitment to the mission. We are praying for every believer to find a place of ministry within the local church. We also desire for creativity and energy to be released, in order for each ministry to flourish.
We are praying for government leaders (both appointed and elected) to be aligned with God’s desires, thoughts and plans for our city, state, and nation. We pray this for each branch of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial), as well as, for local (city/county), state and national leaders. (Psalm 2:10-11)
Family is God’s idea! When we pray for families we are asking for God’s ideas, strategies and plans for the family to be acknowledged, honored and reproduced. We also pray for the protection of biblical marriage.
Children are important to Jesus! (Matthew 19:14) When we pray for children we are praying for their protection on every level (spirit, soul and body), safety, salvation and spiritual development.
When we pray for the lives and needs of widows and orphans, we remember God is an advocate and defender of widows and also a father to the fatherless. Because widows and orphans are important to God, we should honor them with the same level of importance God does by making room for them, coming to their defense, and showing them love and compassion.
We are praying for the lost to be found and for the spiritually dead to come to life in Christ. God has a heart for those who are far from Him, whether by ignorance or choice. We are asking God to give us His heart so we may represent Him well to those in our sphere of influence (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc).
We pray for those who serve the local community to be full of wisdom, understanding, compassion and grace. As they serve those under their care, we ask for them to walk in integrity, peace and life-giving principles. We pray for our police officers, firefighters, military personnel, teachers, school administrators, coaches and business owners.
We pray for the evangelization of the world because Jesus commanded that we go into all the world and preach the GOOD NEWS and make disciples! (Matthew 18:19,20) Jesus desires every nation, tribe and tongue to have access to the GOOD NEWS and to become a part of His family.
We pray for Israel because they have a special place in God’s heart and because they are part of His plan to redeem and bless the whole earth. We are asking for their eyes to be opened to see the Messiah, Jesus, as God’s son and to believe Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins.