The Aaronic blessing given to speak over the children of Israel is so beautiful. My husband speaks it over our small congregation each Sunday with full faith that the Lord will bless and keep them.
Praying God's Word is so powerful and when mixed with faith can move the heavens.
I love praying Psalm 23 for those in need of comfort, healing, peace, guidance or freedom from fear...
"The Lord is (my) _________ shepherd,(I) _________shall not want. He maketh (me) _________to rest in green pastures, and leadeth (me) _______by the still waters. He restoreth (my) _________soul, and leadeth (me) ________in the paths of righteousness for his Name's sake. Yea, though (I) _________walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (I) __________will fear no evil, for thou art with (me) _________, thy rod and thy staff they comfort (they) _________. Thou dost prepare a table before (me) __________in the sight of (mine) __________adversaries: thou dost anoint (mine) _________head with oil, and (my)___________cup runneth over. Doubtless kindness and mercy shall follow (me) _________all the days of (my)____________life, and (I) __________shall remain a long season in the house of the Lord." Psalm 23 (Geneva Bible 1599)
Filling in the blanks with names of those in need or even leaving it as a personal prayer is very comforting, knowing He is our shepherd and all our needs are met in Him.
Another of my favorites to lean upon when I really need direction in matters which remain unclear is Proverbs 16:3..
"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be directed." Proverbs 16:3
I have prayed this verse many times and leaned heavily upon the promise found there.
~ Lord, I commit my works unto you, all of them, and you promised my thoughts will be directed. ~
Many times I have found comfort in the fact that He promised to direct my thoughts as long as my works are committed to Him and I have walked in faith in those decisions knowing He is directing me. Praise the Lord we have His Word to guide us ~ even in prayer.
There is a perfect pattern for prayer found in "The Lord's Prayer."
"After this manner therefore pray ye..." Matthew 6:9-13
Worship and Acknowledgement - acknowledge His right to rule and reign in your life every day, deliberately submit to His lordship.
"Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done even in earth as it is in heaven."
Petitions - both personal and others
"Give us this day our daily bread."
Repentance - heart check
"And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors."
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
Praise and Thanksgiving
"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen." Matthew 6:9-13
Scripture prayer can be anything from a petition, praise or repentance and it is amazing how much comfort is found there. Look to the Psalms for praise verses... "Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name forever and ever." Psalm 145:2. Also in Psalms can be found verses for repentance. "Let the meditation of my heart and the words of my mouth be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14.
Praise God for His Word and the wonderful promises found there.