Christian Prayer

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As children of God, it is natural that we go to our loving Father and ask Him for all good things. Our Lord has promised to hear our prayers and has commanded us to pray. It is natural for Christians to pray for the needs of our neighbor as well as ourselves. The following prayer schedule helps to keep us mindful of our neighbors and their needs. It may also serve to help us keep disciplined in our prayers, for when we do not know what to pray for. Finally, this schedule helps us to realize that the whole Body of Christ prays with us, and in this case we can actually know that many other Christians are praying for these same things.

God has tenderly invited us to believe that He is our true Father, and that we are His true children, so that we may with all boldness and confidence ask Him as dear children ask their dear father:

Prayer Schedule *


For faith to live in the promises of Holy Baptism; for one’s calling and daily work; for the unemployed; for the salvation and well-being of our neighbors; for schools, colleges, and seminaries; for good government and for peace.


For deliverance against temptation and evil; for the addicted and despairing, the tortured and oppressed; for those struggling with sin.


For marriage and family, that husbands and wives, parents and children live in ordered harmony according to the Word of God; for parents who must raise children alone; for our communities and neighborhoods.


For the Church and her pastors; for teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; for missionaries and for all who serve the Church; for fruitful and salutary use of the blessed Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.


For the preaching of the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the spread of His knowledge throughout the whole world; for the persecuted and oppressed; for the sick and dying.


For faithfulness to the end; for the renewal of those who are withering in the faith or have fallen away; for receptive hearts and minds to God’s Word on the Lord’s Day; for pastors and people as they prepare to administer and receive Christ’s holy gifts.

* From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. For more information contact Concordia Publishing House at 800-325-3040 or