Prayer may well be mentioned more than any other subject in the New Testament. There are almost countless verses and passages about prayer. There are also specific prayers said by Jesus, the apostles, and other disciples of Jesus. Interestingly, though, save the Lord’s Prayer, we don’t pray the prayers of the New Testament when we gather for corporate worship.
When you read the New Testament, mark prayers that you find. Think about praying them in public worship. After all, they are centuries old and contain words from the mouths Jesus and his early followers.
While reading the New Testament and looking for prayers, I found several short ones. Their brevity causes these prayers to stand out. Read them for yourself: Revelation 4:8,11; Hebrews 1:10-12; John 12:28; Revelation 7:12; Romans 15:13; Philippians 1:9-11; Romans 16:25-27; Galatians 1:3-5; Hebrews 13:20-21; Jude 24-25.
After reading these prayers and thinking about their meaning, I decided to compose one prayer of these short prayers, in the same order as they appear in the above scripture citations. While each can be prayed by itself or inserted into a prayer you have composed, when they are combined as one, their power and beauty expand. Think about praying the following in a worship service:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
“Father, glorify your name! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!
“May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as our trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. And this is our prayer; that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.
“Now to him who is able to establish us in accordance with the gospel, the message proclaimed about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might come to the obedience that comes from faith–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
“Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, suit us with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
“To him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”