Seventeen Ways for Women to Pray
Today's Christian women need these spiritual characteristics
1. Pray for a spirit of Humility.
“The willingness to submit.” (James 4:10)
2. Pray for a spirit of Reverence.
“The fear of the Lord.” (Proverbs 9:10)
3. Pray for a spirit of Purity.
“A desire to be clean.” (Matthew 5:8)
4. Pray for a spirit of Purpose.
“A wisdom to set goals.” (Proverbs 4:25)
5. Pray for a spirit of Simplicity.
“A lifestyle uncluttered.” (Romans 12:8)
6. Pray for a spirit of Commitment.
“A dedication to the ‘cause’.” (Joshua 24:15)
7. Pray for a spirit of Diligence.
“A willingness to work hard.” (2 Peter 1:5)
8. Pray for a spirit of Servanthood.
“The ministry of help.” (Galatians 6:9,10)
9. Pray for a spirit of Consistency.
“The quality of faithfulness.” (James 1:8)
10. Pray for a spirit of Assurance.
“A depth of faith.” (Hebrews 10:22)
11. Pray for a spirit of Availability.
“A willingness to go.” (Isa. 6:8)
12. Pray for a spirit of Loyalty.
“A zeal for fidelity.” (Ruth 1:16)
13. Pray for a spirit of Sensitivity.
“Openness of heart.” (Luke 10: 30-37)
14. Pray for a spirit of Compassion.
“Love in action.” (Mark 8:1,2)
15. Pray for a spirit of Tenderness.
“A willingness to weep.” (2 Kings 22:19)
16. Pray for a spirit of Maturity.
“The capacity to grow.” (Hebrews 5:12-14)
17. Pray for a spirit of Holiness.
“Christ-like behavior.” (1 Peter 1:16)
Four Biblical Principles for Today's Christian Woman
1. God understands our feelings, our hopes, our fears, and all our needs.
(See Hebrews 4:15)
“His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter of our experience too dark for Him to read. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harrass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest” (Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 100).
2. God wants to meet all our needs: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.
(See Philippians 4:19)
“He bids them seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and His promise is that all things needful to them for this life shall be added. Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing” (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 330).
3. God’s Word is dependable. He will do what He says He will do. His promises are sure.
(See Numbers 23:19)
“The assurance is broad and unlimited, and He is faithful who has promised. When we do not receive the very things we ask for, at the time we ask, we are still to believe that the Lord hears and that He will answer our prayers....When our prayers seem not to be answered, we are to cling to the promise; for the time of answering will surely come, and we shall receive the blessing we need most...Rely upon His sure promise, 'Ask and it shall be given you’” (Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 96).
4. Contact with God transforms our lives, our outlook, our future, our circumstances, and our emotions.
(See Isaiah 61:2, 3).
“…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:2, 3, NIV)
Source: Alice Rich –
Women's Ministries Leadership Certification, Level 1