Growing into a Prayer Warrior

Do you ever feel like your prayers are ineffective? Maybe you’ve given up on set times of prayer because you feel like you’re just repeating the same words over and over. Or perhaps you just don’t know how to voice what’s on your heart. Scripture praying has helped me develop a richer (and definitely more biblical) form of praying.

What specific prayers are you praying for your family and closest friends? If you’re a mom, do you know what your children are struggling with right now? Do you know their deepest desires and longings?

Are you interceding for them in prayer for specific areas of spiritual growth?

If you’re married, what about your husband—do you pray for his protection from evil? Do you know the details of his day so you can stop at critical times to pray for him? Do you have prayers from Scripture that you’ve memorized and applied specifically to his needs?

Perhaps you’re single and childless— you can still serve others as a prayer warrior. Pray for the children in your church, for your extended family, for your pastor and spiritual leaders, for ministries around the globe, for our nation, for revival.

There is always a LOT to pray for! And Scripture informs me how to pray specifically.

Letting Scripture shape my prayers is so helpful. Just praying through a passage and inserting loved ones’ names, or praying for situations that the passage brings to mind, is a way for me to know I’m praying according to God’s will.

Praying, in faith, for God’s will to be accomplished in others’ lives is truly effective praying!

These are a few of the passages I have recorded in my prayer journal:

Romans 15:5–7 Prayer for unity (in marriage, among friends or family members)

2 Corinthians 2:14–16 Prayer for effective ministry

2 Corinthians 1:3–7 Prayer for comfort and endurance in affliction

2 Corinthians 13: 7–9 Prayer for spiritual maturity (for your children)

Ephesians 1:3–14 Prayer of praise for God’s gracious work and kindness toward us

Ephesians 1:15–20 Prayer for wisdom and understanding of what He’s given

Ephesians 3:14 –21 Prayer for faith, strength, and a work beyond our ability to ask

Ephesians 6:18 –20 Prayer for boldness and power in sharing the gospel

Colossians 1:9–12 This is an awesome prayer that covers it all!

Search for other prayers in Scripture that you can use in praying for the people God puts on your heart.

We’re certainly not limited to praying Scripture, but it’s a wonderful tool to help us pray according to the Father’s will.

What are some Scriptures you use when praying?


  • Janell Rardon

    Dearest Kimberly,
    I love it when God moves across our internet searches and “connects” us to “fierce” women who are WISE and STRONG. I found you yesterday as I was finalizing a book proposal….don’t know what or how, but boy, was I thankful. I can’t wait to read your book and continue to receive wisdom for my walk with Jesus. I will be praying for you and the work of your hands. Thank you for being obedient to follow God. I have definitely been a tough season and have felt my prayers WERE ineffective… this is exactly what I have needed to continue pressing on when I want to quit. Thank you so much.

  • Vivian Etherington

    Wow! I am amazed at how God works when He brings conviction in an area of our lives! Last night I sat in Bible study at my church and was very convicted about my prayer life. Although I am growing in this area, so often I lack fervency and consistency. So, I open up to your blog this morning…..I love it! Just last week I was challenged by the teacher in our parenting class to write down ten things I am praying for my children. Since over the past year I have been immersed through Precept studies in Ephesians, Philippians, and now Colossians, key phrases from Paul’s prayers immediately came to mind along with other Scriptures I have prayed for them.
    1. That they would love The Lord with all their heart,soul,mind, and strength! (Mark 12:30)
    2. That God would unite their hearts to fear Him.
    3. That they would set their affections on things above, not on things of the earth, remembering that this world is not their home but their citizenship is in heaven! (Col.3:1-3 and Phil 3:20)
    4 . Colossians 1:9-11, which you mentioned.
    5. That they would hunger and thirst after God and His Word.
    6. That they would have such an understanding of the holiness of God that their lives reflect that ( their speech, entertainment choices, etc)
    7.Ephesians 3:16-20
    8. Philippians 2:3-4. Humility
    9. That they would be awed by the Gospel and never get over God’s amazing grace in their lives!
    10. That they would be sensitive to sin and live a life of repentance.

    May God continually do the work in my heart to cause me to fervently pray, not only for my children and my husband, but for others, like you Kim, whom God has placed in my life. Prayer is such a privilege and there is such blessing in interceding for others in the body of Christ! Love you, dear friend and sister in Christ!

  • Debbie S

    Thanks Kimberly and Vivian,
    I found your blog and comment quite convicting and plan to study the scriptures and suggestions you shared. Thank you, Lord for using these two godly women to challenge and encourage me!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Janell ~

    Welcome to the site! Glad to have you joining us here. I always love hearing from a sister who is seeking to follow Christ and advance His kingdom. Thank you so much for your prayers! I look forward to hearing how God is at work in your life.

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, such good stuff, Viv! Thanks for sharing with us. I love how God uses so many of the comments here to encourage me. So often you dear friends serve as iron sharpening iron in my life!

    Love you dear sister!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, I love how God works in our lives . . . even through internet connections! It is a Heb. 10 event:

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (vv. 23–25)

    Thank you for your encouragement, Debbie!

  • Tambra Lucas

    Dear Kim and friends,
    Love, love, love to pray back scripture to the Lord! Psalm 63 is my favorite scripture to pray, but I have many. Most of my sweetest, most intimate prayers to the Lord, include song. I sing-pray, for instance if I am praying for someone that is in a desperate situation and is having trouble just getting through the day I sing-pray the song “I need The every Hour.” Or if I am struggling myself with , disappointment or discouragement, or I am just totally exhausted, I always sing-pray the song, “The Joy of the Lord will be my strength.”

    When I am showing Him adoration, exaltation, and glorification I sing- pray songs like, ” We exalt thee”, “He is exalted”, or “Awesome God”, and many others.
    I so believe that prayer and praise are tied together when it comes to having a prayer relationship with Him. He is not looking or listening for the perfect voice or the perfect note, He is wanting and seeking a genuine heart of worship toward Him.
    The Psalmist David did this very thing throughout his prayer life, you would see him get down or discouraged, fearful, or confused, and he would always be encouraged by sing-praying to his Lord. In- Psalm 95 David is referring to God’s provision in the wilderness, and then he says “Oh come let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6

    In-Psalm 118 Not sure of the author possibly Moses, was speaking of being surrounded by the enemy in the beginning of the Psalm , He is then praying, then in the same psalm he is singing, “The Lord is my strength and my salvation ,I will praise Him!”

    James 5:13 Says; Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing Psalms.
    In 2 Chronicles Chapter 5&6 It speaks of the Most Holy Place, the temple where there was praying and singing and that it so pleased God that His Glory came down.
    There are so many other places God’s word ties singing with praying. If you have never done this, “sing-pray”, you must try it!! It is moving and exhilarating! It will bless your heart as well as your Kings heart!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you so much, Tambra! What a precious word! I love this! And you’re right, prayer and singing are often tied together in Scripture. I most often sing-pray when I’m in a worship service and aware of those around me that are in need, but you’ve inspired me to incorporate this in my daily quiet time.

    Thank you!