New Testament Prayers Analyzed

  1. Matthew 6:9–13
    ”9 Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven,Your name be honored as holy. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into x temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
    • Address: less than 10%
    • Adoration: 25%
    • Request: 43%
    • Confession: 20%
    • No mention of sickness, but daily bread almost certainly includes health. That part of the prayer – for daily needs, health, etc makes up less than 15% of the prayer.
  2. Matthew 11:25–26
    "25 At that time Jesus said, 'I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.'”
    • 3 sentences
    • Adoration: 33%
    • Truth Proclamation: 66%
  3. Matthew 26:39-42
    "Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, 'My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will. … 42 My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Your will be done.'”
    • 4 sentences
    • Address: 20%
    • Request: 20%
    • Confession: 60%
      • "Your will be done…"
  4. Matthew 27:46
    "About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?' that is, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'”
    • Address: 50%
    • Conversation (Lamenting): 50%
      • Mark 14: “Abba, Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
        • Request: 33%
        • Confession: 33%
        • Adoration: 13%
        • Address: 12%
      • Luke 11:2-4 “2 Whenever you pray, say: 'Father, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us. And do not bring us into temptation.'”
  5. Luke 18:11,13 (2 prayers, 1 invalid)
    "11 The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people —greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’" – The Pharisee, How NOT to Pray
    "‘13 God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!’” – an Effective Prayer
    • 1 sentence
    • Address: 10%
    • Confession: 40%
    • Request: 50%
    • Luke 22:41-42 "41 Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray, 42 'Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.'"
      • Note: this prayer begins with intercession/requests.
  6. Luke 23:46
    "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.”
    • One sentence prayer. A statement.
    • Address: 20%
    • Conversation: 80%
  7. John 11:41-42
    “41 Father, I thank You that You heard Me. 42 I know that You always hear Me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe You sent Me.”
    • Address: 8%
    • Thanksgiving: 33%
    • Truth Proclamation: 33%
    • Conversation: 25%
  8. John 17:1-30
    "1 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 for You gave Him authority over all flesh; so He may give eternal life to all You have given Him. 3 This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ. 4 I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.
    6 I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me from the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You, 8 because the words that You gave Me, I have given them. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You. They have believed that You sent Me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours. 10 Everything I have is Yours, and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one. 12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 Now I am coming to You, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them. 14 I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 I sanctify Myself for them, so they also may be sanctified by the truth.
    20 I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. 21 May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. 23 I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. 25 Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me. 26 I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.'"
    • Address: 6%
      • Six times Jesus said “Father”
    • Truth Proclamation: 70%
    • Adoration: 4%
    • Request: 20%
  9. Acts 1:24-25
    “24 You, Lord, know the hearts of all; show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take the place in this apostolic service that Judas left to go to his own place.”
    • Address: 5%
    • Truth Proclamation: 10%
    • Adoration 10%
    • Request: 45%
    • Conversation (Info): 30%
  10. Acts 4:24-30
    “Master, You are the One who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant: 'Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot futile things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah' – 27 For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness, 30 while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
    • Address: 5%
    • Adoration: 15%
    • Truth Proclamation: 40%
    • Conversation: 10%
    • Request: 30%
  11. Acts 7:59-60
    "59 They were stoning Stephen as he called out: 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!' 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, 'Lord, do not charge them with this sin!'”
    • Address: 30%
    • Request: 70%
  12. Romans 15:5-6,13
    "5 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, 6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice. … 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
    • Address: 10%
    • Adoration: 15%
    • Truth Proclamation: 30%
    • Request: 35%
  13. Ephesians 1:17-19
    "17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength."
    • Address: 10%
    • Adoration: 10%
    • Request: 55%
    • Truth Proclamation: 25%
  14. Ephesians 3:16-19
    "16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
    • Adoration: 20%
    • Request: 80%
  15. Philippians 1:9-11
    "9 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, 10 so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God."
    • Adoration: 33%
    • Request: 66%
  16. Colossians 1:9-14
    "9 We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14 We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him."
    • Note: where does the prayer end – verse 12, verse 13?
    • Adoration: 10%
    • Thanksgiving: 20%
    • Request: 50%
    • Truth Proclamation: 20%
  17. 2 Thess 1:11-12
    "11 And in view of this, we always pray for you that our God will consider you worthy of His calling, and will, by His power, fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."
    • Adoration: 30%
    • Address: 5%
    • Request: 65%
  18. 1 Timothy 1:17
    "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
    • Note: Maybe a prayer? Maybe a proclamation of praise?
    • Address: 10%
    • Adoration 80%
    • Request 10%
  19. Philemon 1:6
    "I pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ."
    • Adoration 20%
    • Request 80%
  20. 3 John 1:2
    "Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually."
    • Request: 100%

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