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What advice do you offer someone who wants to write a prayer petition to God?


Psalms 20:5

ESV - 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
God hears even the simplest prayer -- including those that are made with no preparation or forethought. However, I think that any petition that one has time to think about and prepare should include the following features, based on the elements included in the Lord's Prayer:

-- an expression of reverence or love for God (for example, through a
salutation addressing Him as Father or Lord, with control over the
subject being prayed about) 
-- a recognition of humility before God, including one's own sinfulness and
need for forgiveness
-- an expression of thanks to God for His salvation through Christ, which is
what enables us to have boldness to approach God with our prayers 
-- the substance of the request 
-- a yielding to God's will (that is, conditioning the request upon it being in
accordance with God's omniscient will)
-- an indication that the prayer is made in Jesus' name or for Jesus' sake
-- closing with word "Amen", indicating our desire that what we have just 
prayed may be so

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