For Christians, prayer is an essential spiritual discipline that should be kept for the rest of their lives. The importance of prayer is like the importance of reading the Bible and having fellowship with other believers.
When we pray on a Friday, it is similar to how we pray on other days of the week. It is still a prayer out of one’s desire to talk to God and spend time with Him. Remember that we pray to God because we are in a relationship with Him. Prayer is our way of communicating with God, while God communicates to us primarily through His inerrant Word. If we always talk to our family and friends, we should also constantly talk to God, Who should be our number one priority.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Pray without ceasing.
[1 Thessalonians 5:16–18]
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
What prayers are unique for a Friday?
Since you are praying for the week that just happened, there are special prayers that you can pray on a Friday. You can pour out your heart to God and come to Him for comfort for all the problems and hurts you encountered throughout your week. Or if it has been a tiring week for you, Friday prayer reminds you that God is sovereign at the end of the day, and you can trust Him and run to Him because He is your refuge and fortress.
The prayers that are unique for a Friday are the prayers you pray for the week that has passed and the prayers you pray for the weekend about to come.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Our prayers should be filled with prayers of thanksgiving. No matter the circumstances we may have encountered during the week, there are still many things we might not realize we should thank God for. One of those is that you are still alive. Being able to eat throughout the week is also something to be thankful to God for. If there are answered prayers, blessings, or other good things you have received from God throughout the week, you can thank Him as you pray on Friday. This does not necessarily involve only answered prayers or blessings; your thanks could also be for intangible things. For example, you can thank God for your productive week, which was made possible only because of His grace. You can also thank God for sustaining you throughout the previous week.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
[1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]
The blessings you know you are thanking God for are just a tiny percentage of the thousands of unknown things God has been doing for you. You don’t realize it, but you may have already been in an accident that God saved you from. If you are in a financially difficult situation, having been able to get by during the week is already something to be thankful to God for. We are to thank God for all the grace and mercies He has shown us.
Another unique prayer for a Friday is one for the upcoming weekend you are about to have. You can pray for the plans that you have for this weekend. For example, if you are about to go camping, you can pray for a safe and fruitful outing with the family. If you volunteer in your church and help out with the Sunday service preparations, you can pray for productive ministry work as well as grace and wisdom as you prepare and volunteer. You can even pray about matters you are concerned about, such as someone you know who is to have a medical operation on that given weekend. Another important thing you can pray for your weekend is grace for exercising self-control and discipline as you spend your time. It means being productive and making the most of your weekend.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men
[1 Timothy 2:1]
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
[2 Timothy 1:7]
Given that Friday is a day when people tend to party, one of the prayers you can pray for others is for your friends and family members who do not know Jesus to get interested in other, better things than going to clubs or parties. It is much better if you pray for God to touch their hearts and interest them in a Friday event at your church. It is also an excellent opportunity to have a Bible study every Friday evening and pray that others will attend your Bible study session instead of going to clubs.
How do you do a Friday Prayer?
Praying on a Friday is like any other regular prayer as it is about you spending time with your heavenly Father and conversing with Him. You talk about what happened during your week or your plans for the upcoming weekend because you want to converse with God about what’s important to you.
So, you do a Friday prayer just like any other prayer that you do on any day. You still thank God for things you thank Him for on that particular day. You pour out your feelings to God regarding the things that happened during that day.
Whatever time you pray on a Friday is fine, but it is strongly recommended that you pray before you start your day in the morning and also in the evening before bed. There are no strict rules here regarding the time that you should pray, but we always make sure that we make time for God and prioritize Him above everything else.
Here is an example of how you can pray a Friday prayer:
Heavenly Father, You are the God Who listens to all my cries. The week that I just had was kind of hard, especially regarding work. There have been so many projects lately at work that we don’t know if we can accomplish them all. But I thank You for the strength and grace that You have given me, which has sustained me at work and helped me work excellently. Thank You for all the provision and sustenance You have given my family and me throughout the week. I pray for our upcoming weekend as a family—that we will have a fruitful time as we spend our weekend together and that I will be able to impart godly values to my kids. May we have a refreshing rest this Sunday as we rest in You. I pray for my friends that do not know Jesus yet—that You would work in their hearts and cause them to come to my Bible study instead of nightlife parties. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
We pray to God regardless of the day because He is the only One we can run to. He is our fortress and strong tower, the only One in Whom we can feel safe whenever we are overwhelmed by the waves of the storms we encounter. We pray to God because we know we depend on Him in every aspect of our lives.