A Formula For Prayer

Submitted by Richard N. Piper IV on Thu, 04/13/2000 - 16:53

Often times over the years as a Media Minister and also a pastor’s son I would get asked “What is the formula for prayer?”

Let me start by saying that in order to answer the question about the “What is the formula for prayer?” we have to go back and look at what Jesus taught about prayer. For starters I think we should look at what is commonly called the lord’s prayer which can be found in Matthew 6:9–13 and also  Luke 11:2–4. 

When we look at the lord’s prayer we see that Jesus gave us examples on how we should prayer. We should pray to the father who is in heaven. Jesus also gives us an example that we should pray that our sins be forgiven, for our daily bread and that we should forgive our debtors or as Luke says forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

But you see my friend we also have to look at other players such as the prayer of Jabez which can be found in 1 Chronicles 4:10. For  you see we at times should pray like Jabez did that God would “that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast.” 

So you might be asking what my take on answering the question of “A Formula For Prayer?” is. Let me say that while Jesus and even Jabez have given us examples on how to pray I feel as there is not a formula for prayer. For you see my friend prayer is about talking to God and each of talk to God in many different ways. We talk to God differently when we are sick and need a healing. We talk to God differently when he had blessed us. So for me to say there is a formula for prayer would wrong.


However, while there is not a formula for prayer I do fee