When we pray in Jesus’ name we have confidence in God (God gives it to us) that we will receive whatever we ask for (1 Jn. 5:14-15). And what we receive will always be just what we need—not for selfish interests, but for carrying on His purposes. Indeed, the whole reason why we pray in His name, or why we pray at all, is so that we may receive all of the necessary resources for carrying on the work of God. And all those resources are in Christ. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “God…has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3)… in order that we as his workmanship may do good works” (Eph. 2:10). A prayer then that is truly in His name draws out from God’s storehouse all that is needed to carry out His will.
Here, from Matthew 6:9-15, are four basic areas of daily prayer need–from my book Purpose of Prayer
1. Daily worship (vv. 9-10). Daily worship is the daily need each believer has to call God his Father and to bow down to Him in recognition of His holiness. It is the need to surrender our wills to Him in order that He might reveal His will to us and strengthen us for His work. Above all our basic needs this is the most vital because it takes us to the throne and gives us a true picture of where we stand with God. He is our Father and He cares for us. He is holy and righteous and He wants to make us holy too. He will prepare us for the work of His kingdom. He has given us His Son to rule in our heart in order that all His work be done according to His will.
2. Daily bread (v. 11). Our daily bread refers to those things that are absolutely necessary for our survival and which will keep us going and doing His will. In order to be useful to God in His work we need to keep up our physical strength. We should pray daily that God would keep us healthy and fit for His use. You will be no good in doing God’s work if you are sick or weak.
3. Daily forgiveness and cleansing (v. 12). This area of need must not be overlooked; however, much of the time it is sadly forgotten. While we pray for physical healing, for new church buildings, and for financial support, we so often forget to pray for spiritual cleansing. God cannot and will not prosper your work for Him if you continue in sin. In order to do the work of God we must have a clean heart. This need for forgiveness and cleansing will come only as we acquire a humble spirit. So let us pray every day that God would help us to humble ourselves before Him as we seek His forgiveness and cleansing. Let us pray also that He would give us the strength we need to ask our brother or sister for forgiveness. Then when we have made things right with them He has promised that He will forgive us and cleanse us (Matt. 6:14), making us fit for His service.
4. Daily protection (v. 13). The third area of need is for protection from the enemy. It is a prayer for the spiritual armor we need. For we can’t do His work without being protected from the one who constantly tries to discourage us. In Christ we find all the protection we need. He is our full armor. In Him we are able to stand firm against all the schemes of the devil. He is our truth. He is our righteousness. He is our peace. He is our shield of faith. He is our helmet of salvation. He is our sword, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:10-17).