How to Pray

This is a prayer that never fails.

Are you ready to learn a one-size-fits-all prayer for every problem any one of us will ever face?

This prayer is simple, but it’s not easy; in fact, it may be the most difficult prayer you’ll ever utter. It certainly was for Jesus. He gave us these words just days before his crucifixion during what we have come to call Holy Week. He knew what was coming. He was prepared for the suffering. He anticipated the pain, awaited the betrayal. His soul was troubled but steadfast when he said these words:

“Father, glorify your name.” John 12:28

This isn’t a make-it-go-away prayer; it’s a sustain-me-through-the- pain prayer. In our darkest hours and hardest trials, this is a prayer to which God will always answer, “Yes!” This prayer shifts our gaze from our earthly problems to our heavenly Father’s face, from our situation to his salvation, from any selfish ambition or self-help solution to his glory, goodness, and grace.

When you’re losing your mind, prayer helps you keep your head. And when you come to your own end times—the end of a dream, the end of yourself—earnest and disciplined prayer will bring God’s presence, peace, and power into your storm. Can I get an amen?

From Chapter 4 of Can I Borrow a Cup of Hope? 


Scroll down to find prayers that you can fill in with the names and situations of people you’re praying for.

Do you wonder how to pray for your friends and family, the neighbors on your street – or even for yourself? The prayers in this free guide are straight from Scripture with space to fill in your loved one’s name.

Selfishly, praying God’s Word and God’s will is a surefire way to get more of your prayers answered! Spiritually, prayer changes you more than it changes God as you pray with confidence and hope-filled expectation.

How to Pray for Your Neighbor
(and anyone else for that matter)

Fill in your own names and situations in these prayers, based solely on Scripture –


How to pray for wisdom

Lord, I pray that _________________ would seek You first in everything she does. Please turn her heart to You, and give her the desire to know you and serve you. When she is seeking You, help her to make wise decisions based on Your ways and Your word. Create a hunger in her for You; make her curious about You. Give her the gift of faith to believe that following You will cause everything else in her life to fall into place.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33


How to pray for patience 

Dear heavenly Father, I pray that Your Spirit would fill _________________ with sincere kindness and sacrificial love. Please help him to be patient with others, with himself and with his circumstances. May he be peace-loving and persevering. Give him hope to endure this difficult time. When he comes through on the other side, may he not be bitter or vengeful. Grow his faith in you and show Him your faithfulness, too.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7


How to pray for someone’s marriage

Dear God, please bless _________________ and _________________ with a love that overflows out of their love for you. Gently lead them to spiritual maturity and knowledge of Your will for their home. Teach them Your priorities for their family. May they each follow You on a path of righteous living so that they can live together in confidence and trust. May other see their marriage and marvel, giving You praise for all You have done in their hearts.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.  For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

Philippians 1:9-11


How to pray for yourself

Oh, God – I need You! Please encourage me in my faith. Comfort me with your love. May all my relationships be sweet because Your Spirit fills me. Soften my heart and give me grace to be compassionate. Please bring unity and harmony to my family and help me to respect different personalities and opinions. May my love for You motivate me to work with others to solve life’s problems. Bring us to agreement and solidarity; drive out selfish desires and personal ambitions. May Your Spirit make me humble, and may I have the confidence to think of others’ needs before my own. Help me to be Christlike in every encounter You bring to me today.

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Philippians 2:1-5

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  1. Patricia Marie Hawkins

    Please pray for our neighbor to get better. Back in order the way God wants it to be. Watts, California.

    • Amy Lively

      Patricia, I will join in your prayers for your California community! Your neighborhood is rather well known, and praying neighbors like you will be the path to restoration.

      • Walker

        Please join me in praying for our new neighbors. We moved here almost a year ago. They claim to be Christians but no fruits- behavior has changed toward us. They watch every move we make and then twist the situation around to make us look bad.

        • Amy Lively

          “Why can’t we all just get along?” It’s the cry of my conflict-avoiding heart! I am praying with you for your neighbors, and I am also praying for you. Peter said, “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” (1 Peter 2:12) You do you. God can take care of the rest.

    • Steve Jackson

      Thank you for these prayers. They express my feeling and needs right to the point.

    • Michaele

      Please pray for my neighbor to recover from an unknown illness. She is in intensive care and dialysis is not working.Sick since Feb.

      • Amy Lively

        Dear Father, please reveal what is causing this mysterious illness in Michaele’s neighbor. Guide her doctors and give them a word of knowledge to treat her condition. Thank you for the medicines you’ve blessed us with, please help them to act powerfully and quickly in her body. As she recovers, we ask you to remind her of your peace and love. May she reach for you in her time of deepest need. In Jesus’s name, amen.

  2. Holly

    We constantly have conflict with neighbors who live below us. Drugs, inconsiderate and evil behavior, loud music, etc. My husband does not usually handle it properly, he gets angry and makes threats. Things escalate.

    Another neighbor is to be evicted. The last one took three months to leave. We can not afford to move.

    • Amy Lively

      Lord, please equip Holly and her husband to be peacemakers in their neighborhood. Make them shine brightly through the darkness in their neighbor’s homes. Plug their ears to annoyances, and protect them from danger. May their home be a haven where Jesus can be found. In His precious name we pray, amen.


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