Use of Praybase requires the acceptance of these community guidelines. Violation of these guidelines, especially repeated violations can result in your account being banned without refund. We reserve the right to modify all content on Praybase at our discretion, without notice or approval. We reserve the right to modify, delete or ban any accounts without notice or approval at our sole discretion.
Our community guidelines can be simplified down to just a few simple rules:
- God comes first.
- Where possible, always choose the positive angle when submitting prayers or comments.
- Don’t push any agendas other than the greatness of our God.
In short, we expect all people to behave in a respectful manner. This site exists to help people who want to pray, but find themselves short of words. So, before we are quick to criticize someone, please let us all remember that we are here in the spirit to help one another.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.Prov 16:24 HCSB
We have our Statement of Faith for those who wish to read it. In short, we are Protestant Christians who believe Jesus Christ is the messiah. There is far more to our beliefs, which you can read in our statement of faith. We pray directly to God the Father in Jesus’ name, and do not pray through the saints or Mary, mother of Jesus. With that said, we will not accept any prayers that deviate outside of a direct communication with God, in Jesus’ name.
If you’re curious about praying to God or Praying to Jesus, then read this article from Carm.org explaining praying to God and Praying to Jesus. They’re both technically correct, but Jesus did say:
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Matthew 6:9
Prayer of All Kinds
We want any person, from any walk of life to come to our website if they feel they need help in praying to God. This includes the tough-guy who just got bonded out of jail and is scrolling through his phone because he’s tired of the way his life is going. This includes the single-mom who just got evicted. This includes the mother who is concerned about her drug-addicted son.
We want prayers for every kind of person and personality. We want prayers that all of these kinds of people would feel comfortable to speak- but, as much as we want to reach all people, prayer is ultimately about communicating with God. This is why it’s important that as we write prayers for others to speak, we don’t forget the core reason we are all here: to pray to our Sovereign, Just, Unchanging God.
If you’ve come across content that is offensive, then please report it so it can be reviewed. No prayers on this site should contain profanity, threats, racial slurs or anything of the sort. All prayers should be written in a way that would please Jesus Christ.
Please read our statement of faith if you are unsure what we believe. All prayer must be directed to God the Father in Jesus’ name.
All prayers should be scripture-based, meaning that what you’re praying for should be in alignment with Christian beliefs. For example, perhaps you’re a vegan and God has convicted your heart for the well-being of animals.
While your beliefs should be respected (the Bible even states this), it would be improper to write a prayer stating that meat eaters are bad people for it, or that God finds meat consumption sinful. In fact, that statement would be Biblically incorrect. The Bible has many verses stating that eating meat is acceptable, and a few situations where it is not.
It’s important not to let our personal beliefs or opinions shape our interpretation of the Bible.
Prayers are meant to be communications with God. Please don’t write prayers as though you’re writing an article to persuade a reader.
For example, this would be unacceptable:
Dear Lord, thank you for oil and energy independence. A lot of people don’t understand how important it is to our country’s success and I can only hope that you’ll open their eyes to common-sense oil legislation. We need oil because it is the lifeblood of our trucking industry, it creates jobs, and I pray you help keep oil production here.
It makes a mockery or praying to God. This will be expanded upon a bit more in the section about Political and Social Agendas.
Personal Details and Specific People
Prayers should not name specific people, or provide sufficient enough detail to identify a specific person. Remember, Praybase is not for submitting personal prayer requests. Praybase is meant to provide prayers that anyone in a similar situation can use to help themselves communicate with God.
For example: if you witnessed a car accident today, don’t submit a prayer mentioning their names, the date, or the location of the accident. Instead, submit a prayer more along the lines like this:
Lord, I come before you today to pray about a car accident I saw. I pray that all people involved are safe, that the damage was minimal and that anyone who might have been injured heals quickly. I ask that you lift up all the people involved, give them peace and help them through this difficult experience. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, amen.
We also want prayers to stay relevant no matter how much time passes. For example, if you want to submit a prayer for the President of the United States of America, then don’t name the president in the prayer, or state anything specific about them (like legislation, key achievements, wars) that would obviously identify which president the prayer was originally written about.
We want a prayer to be useful 10 years from now too. Each President faces their own challenges, criticisms and in some cases, scandals. It is also worth noting that what one person considers an achievement, another person might consider a failure. It is for these reasons that we try to keep prayers more general in nature. It allows the person saying the prayer to add whatever they wish to add when they are praying to God.
Under no circumstances is profanity acceptable. Praybase is happy to accept prayers of all styles and of all vernaculars. Just as God happily hears prayers in different languages and accents, God will also hear prayer in different forms like poetry, or that use slang. God understands our hearts, but what He will not hear is disrespect and a lack of reverence for His holiness. Once a prayer becomes more about the person, than the person’s communication with God, then it is no longer a prayer. It becomes vanity.
Hate and Violence
Prayers should not call for violence against any person for any reason. There are certain areas in prayer and belief where someone might be close to crossing a line, and it’s very important that we approach that with eloquence.
As an example, during a time of war, a person might be inclined to ask God to utterly destroy the opposition, but this is not a Christ-based prayer. Instead, pray for the lifting-up of our forces. Pray for victory with as little bloodshed as possible. Pray for our leaders to make wise decisions.
You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Matthew 5:43-48 HCSB
Political and Social Agendas
In today’s climate, people have gotten very good at shoehorning various political and social opinions into just about any kind of debate or conversation. In addition to writing persuasive pieces, political and social commentary should be avoided. You can write prayers about important issues, but try to leave commentary out of it.
If you write a prayer or comment with the intention of taking a jab at a political party or politician (regardless of their beliefs or party affiliations), then that is not in the spirit of Praybase’s guidelines. Any prayers that you write should be directed to God, not to attack or persuade a person or other group of people.
Naturally, there will be gray areas and it will come down to the heart with which we believe the prayer may have been written. When writing a prayer, it is important to take the least critical and most positive angle you can.
For example, if you support limiting social services and lowering taxes, it would be unacceptable to submit a prayer calling people who use those services “lazy” or suggesting they are unmotivated or abusing the system. Instead, submit a prayer that lifts those people up so they wouldn’t need such services. Pray that whatever obstacles have put them into such a place be removed. Pray that those in government make wise financial decisions that can reduce the government’s spending and lessen the need for taxes.
This concludes our community guidelines for now. Please check them frequently as they may be updated at any time and without notice. We reserve the right to modify these guidelines at any time and for any reason without notice. Let’s keep this place wonderful!