One of my favorite prayer models is the FELLOWSHIP Prayer – 10 prayers to strengthen your “inner man” (Eph 3:16). We often focus on praying for outward things – finances, marriage, kids, job, etc. yet when we take care of the “inner man” the outer things often take care of themselves. I’ve found this prayer to be a powerful tool in my walk with God. You can pray it quickly by theme, pray the prayers listed or take more time meditating on the accompanying Scriptures.
“To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…” Eph 3:16
F – Fear of God
E – Endurance
L – Love of God
L – Light of His Presence
O – One thing life focus
W – Walk worthy of His calling
S – Speech
H – Humility
I – Insight into Intimacy
P – Peace and joy
F – Fear of God: Father, release the spirit of the fear of the God into my heart. Release the lightning and thunder from Your throne to strike my heart (Rev 4:5) with Your majesty, that I might live in awe before You. Release Your presence and holy dread that makes me tremble before You. Unite my heart to Your heart and Word and cause me to delight in the fear of God.
“I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.” Jer 32:40
“The Lord…you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” Isa 8:13
“Unite my heart (to Your heart and Word) to fear Your name.” Ps 86:11
“His delight is in the fear of the Lord…” Isa 11:3
E – Endurance (patience): Father, strengthen my spirit with endurance that I may do Your will with zeal and diligence and that I not quit pursuing the deep things of God. Impart endurance for fasting. Direct my heart into the endurance in which Jesus walked. I pray for strength to follow through in my commitments to You, God, and to fulfill my ministry calling when it is difficult.
“Being strengthened with all power…may have great endurance and patience.” Col 1:11
“May the Lord direct your hearts into…the patience (endurance) of Christ.” 2 Thes 3:5
L – Love: Father, pour out Your love into my heart by releasing the influences of the Spirit to give me revelation of Your love for me, that it may overflow in love back to You and to others.
“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…” Rom 5:5
“I pray, that your love may abound still more…in knowledge and all discernment.” Phil 1:9
“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God…” 2 Thes 3:5
Father, impart Your love for Jesus in my heart (Jn 17:26). I agree with Jesus’ prophecy (Mt 22:37) to receive grace to love God with all my heart and soul and mind.
“…That the love with which You loved Me may be in them….” Jn 17:26
“You shall love the Lord…with all your heart…soul…and mind.” Mt 22:37
Father, allow me to comprehend Jesus’ love for me and to abide in it (stay connected to it).
“That you…may be able to comprehend…what is the width and length and depth and height…to know (experience) the love (affection) of Christ…” Eph 3:18-19
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” Jn 15:9
Let me see and love myself through Your eyes. Thank you for who I am to You.
“You formed my inward parts: You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought.” Ps 139:13-15
Father, I agree with Jesus’ command and prophecy in Mt 22:39 that I will love others. Let me abound in love by seeing what You see and feeling what You feel about others.
“…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mt 22:39
“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another.” 1 Thes 3:12
L – Light of Glory: Father, let me see the light of Your glory, to encounter the “glory realm”. Give me Holy Spirit encounters (dreams, visions, angelic visitations, manifestations of light, fire, wind) as you gave to Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and John. (Ex 33;34:29-30; Isa 6, Ez 1, Rev 1)
“And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Ex 33:18
“Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.” Ps 4:6
“You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending…” Jn 1:51
O – One thing life focus: Father, strengthen me to maintain a life in Your word with desire for it. When I lose this focus, send Your word to deliver me as You did the saints at Ephesus, Sardis and Laodicea (Rev 2:4-5; 3:1-3; 3:15-20) Alert me when I need to recommit my schedule and priorities to live as a person of one thing who regularly sits at Your feet, as Mary of Bethany did.
“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part…” Lk 10:42
“One thing I have desired…all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord.” Ps 27:4
“I have set the Lord always before me…He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Ps 16:8
W – Count me worthy (Faithfulness unto fullness): Father, strengthen me to walk in a way that You would consider me worthy to walk in my highest calling and escape all compromise that I might stand before You victorious in full obedience.
“We pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power…” 2 Thes 1:11
“Watch…and pray always that you may be counted worthy (prepared) to escape all these things …to stand (in victory) before the Son of Man.” Lk 21:36
(No one is “worthy” to receive forgiveness which is a free gift because of Jesus’ worthiness. Rather, we are to have a worthy response to God by living free of compromise, thus prepared or worthy to walk in the fullness of our calling)
Help keep me free of compromise that I would walk blameless in body, soul and spirit.
“May the God of peace sanctify you completely; may your spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless (without compromise) at the coming of our Lord…” 1 Thes 5:23
“That He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God…” 1 Thes 3:13
We agree with David’s prayers to walk in purity.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me.” Ps 51:10
We agree with David’s holy resolve to set nothing impure before his eyes.
“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…” Ps 101:3
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; why should I look on a woman?” Job 31:1
Lead me from the storm of temptation, rescue me from its deep waters, and cleanse me from secret faults (Ps 19:12; 69:1-2). Search me and show me my heart (Ps 139:23)
“Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Mt 6:13
“That You should keep them from the evil one.” Jn 17:15
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret(unperceived) faults.” Ps 19:12
“Search me, O God, and know (reveal) my heart; try me, and know my anxieties…” Ps 139:23
S – Speech: Father set a guard over my lips. Free me from defensive, angry and foolish speech. (Eph 4:29; 5:4) I set my heart to not sin with my speech.
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Ps 141:3
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable…” Ps 19:14
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers…” Eph 4:29
“I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle…” Ps 39:1
H – Humility: Jesus, I want to learn from You how to walk in lowliness. I commit to take Your yoke of humility (lowliness of heart) on my life in my attitudes, speech, and actions. Give me wisdom on how to carry my heart in humility.
“Take My yoke…and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart…” Mt 11:29
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself…Let this mind be in you which was in Christ…” Phil 2:3-5
I – Insight unto intimacy (wisdom): Father give me insight into Your Word, will and ways. Give me wisdom on how to live before You that I may walk in intimacy (union) with You.
“May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…” Eph 1:17
“Ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord…” Col 1:9-10
Father, give me insight that I may walk under the Spirit’s leadership that we may partner together in every issue in my life including my finances, schedule, emotions, circumstances, physical body (diet, health), relationships (in the home, office, ministry), my future, fears, etc. Give me new ideas in each area of my life.
“The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things.” Jn 14:26
Father, I long to walk in the fullness of Your will in every area of my life.
“…always laboring fervently for you in prayers that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Col 4:12
Let me know the secrets of Your heart (Ps 25:14). What are You thinking and feeling?
“Show me Your ways…teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth…the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.” Ps 25:4-5, 14
P – Peace and Joy: Father, strengthen my heart with supernatural peace and joy that overpowers fear and anxiety that I would not sin.
“The peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope (confidence) by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom 15:13
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thes 3:16
Adapted from Mike Bickle’s FELLOWSHIP prayer, www.IHOP.org