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How To Pray... 

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all thouse in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
(Ephesians 6:18)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
(1 Colossians 4:2)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he paryed.
(Mark 1:35)

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.
(Luke 9:28)

When you pray, Say:  "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation."
(Luke 11:2-4)

Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
(Luke 18:1)

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.
(Matthew 6:5)

But when you pray, go inot your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
(Matthew 6:6)

And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
(Matthew 6:7)

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.  God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
(Ecclesiastes 5:2)

The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wiced, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
(Proverbs 15:8)

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
(Psalm 5:3)

O LORD, the god who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.  May my prayer come before you; turn yhour ear to my cry.
(Psalm 88:1)

Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
(Psalm 5:2)

The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we out to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
(Romans 8:26)


Answers to Prayer...

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 
(James 5:16)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14)

And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
(1 John 5:15)

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
(John 14:13)

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(John 14:14)

I tell you the turth, my Father will give you whateer you ask in my name.
(John 16:23)

Ask and you will recieve, and your joy will be complete.
(John 16:24)

For everyone who asks recieves; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
(Luke 11:10)

If you then, though you are evil, know howe to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
(Luke 11:13)

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
(Matthew 6:8)

Therefore I tell you, whateer you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
(Mark 11:24)

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
(Matthew 18:19-20)

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
(Matthew 21:22)

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
(Psalm 34:15)

The LORD will hear when I call to him.
(Psalm 4:3)

I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
(Psalm 17:6)

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
(Psalm 34:17)

When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
(Psalm 138:3)

But I pray to you, O LORD, int he time of your favor; in your great lvove, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.
(Psalm 69:13)

Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
(Psalm 86:1)

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs fo joy.
(Psalm 126:5)

I love the LOD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
(Psalm 116:1-2)

May the LORD grant all your requests.
(Psalm 20:5)

Lesson 22

PRAYER

 

 

The “Lord’s Prayer”

 

This, then, is how you should pray:

 

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.”

(Matthew 6:9-13)

 

 

Prayer: a reverent petition made to God

 

 

Prayer is a hallmark of the Christian faith.  The importance of prayer is emphasized throughout the Bible—from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 

 

Jesus Christ set the example for prayer.  He prayed regularly and took time to teach His disciples how to pray. 

 

The essence of prayer is communication, and its main purpose is to develop and maintain a close relationship with God.  God’s re­sponse to our prayers depends less upon what we ask of Him, and more upon the attitude of our heart and its inclination to please God and live according to His will.


Synopsis

 

The Lord God Almighty, the creator of all things, gives us a per­sonal invitation to pray to Him.1  We develop our relationship with God by drawing near to Him—humbly and reverently coming into His presence.2,3 The purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind or convince Him of our needs. God knows our needs before we ask.4

 

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, was well aware of the importance of prayer.  Throughout His ministry on earth, Christ set an example of a prayer-filled life and encouraged others to follow His example. As Christians, we should devote our lives to prayer.5,6

 

Prayer is not intended to be something we do only on special occa­sions—when we are hurting, or when we need something from God.  To be sure, praying when we are in trouble,7 sick,8 or in need of a m

iracle

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This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth,

the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is

his name:  “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you

great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
(Jeremiah 33:2-3)1

 

Come near to God and he will come near to you. 
(James 4:8)2

 

It is good to be near to God.
(Psalm 73:28)3

 

For your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 
(Matthew 6:8)4

 

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
(Colossians 4:2)5

Be joyfulin hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
(Romans 12:12)6

 

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.
(James 5:13)7


And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well;

the Lord will raise him up.

(James 5:15)8

 


miracle,9  are  completely  acceptable  reasons  to  pray.  However, prayer should not be limited to any particular topics. 

 

The Bible encourages us to “pray continually” and give thanks in “all circumstances.”10 Jesus told His disciples that they should “always pray and not give up."11  Ideally, our entire lives (actions, thoughts, and deeds) should be conducted in a prayerful manner—abiding in Christ,12 doing what is pleasing to Him,13 and seeking His will.14

 

In addition to encouraging a personal prayer life, the Bible empha­sizes the power of corporate prayer—two or more Christians com­ing together and praying for a common cause.15,16  The members of

the

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O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
(Psalm 30:2)9

 

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all

circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)10


Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should
always pray and not give up.

(Luke 18:1)11

 

If you remain in me and my words remain in you,

ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.
(John 15:7)12


Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have

confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask,

because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 
(1 John 3:21-22)13


This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask
anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14)14

 

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything

you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. 
(Matthew 18:19-20)15


They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the

women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 
(Acts 1:12)16

 


the early church recognized the importance of communal prayer; they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.17


As mentioned earlier, there is no exclusive or preferred topic of prayer; the Bible encourages us to pray for everything and for everyone, including ourselves.18-20  Because of the limitless possibilities for prayer, it is perhaps not surprising that the disciples of Jesus Christ asked Him to teach them how to pray.21  In response to this request, Jesus provided the “model” prayer for Christians, which has come to be called the “Lord’s Prayer.”

 

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They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the

fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 
(Acts 2:42)17
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(Philippians 4:6)18


I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession

and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all

those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet

lives in all godliness and holiness. 
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)19


And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers

and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on

praying for all the saints.
(
Ephesians 6:18)20


One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.

When he finished, one of his disciples said to him,

"Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." 
(Luke 11:1)21

 

 

 

 


The “Lord’s Prayer

 


The Lord’s Prayer
 (see p. 151) highlights five major topics for prayer.

1. Praise and Worship:22  We pray to give thanks to God,23 to  praise Him,24 and to glorify His name.25

 

2.  Submission to God’s Will:  We pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.26  The mission of Jesus was to do the will of His Father.27  We also are to submit our will to God’s will.28

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Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
(Matthew 6:9)22

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. 

His love endures forever. 
(Psalm 136:1)23


Praise the
Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being,

praise his holy name.
(Psalm 103:1)24


I will glorify your name forever.

(Psalm 86:12)25

Your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(Matthew 6:10)26


For I have come down from heaven
not to do my will

but to do the will of him who sent me.
(John 6:38)27

 

Submit yourselves, then, to God.
(James 4:7)28

 

 

   

3.  Petitions and Requests:  There are many examples given in the Bible.  Here are but a few:

 

  • For our basic needs to be met.29
  • For physical healing.30,31
  • For strength32 and boldness.33
  • For wisdom34 and guidance.35,36
  • For help37 and safety.38
  • For protection from our enemies.39

 

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Give us today our daily bread.
(Matthew 6:11)29

 

Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church

to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the

Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the

sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.
(James 5:14-15)30

Therefore confess your sins to each other and

pray for each other so that you may be healed.
(James 5:16)31

I pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you

with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
(Ephesians 3:16)32

 

When I called, you answered me; you made me

bold and stouthearted.
(Psalm 138:3)33


If any of you lacks wisdom
, he should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to him.
(James 1:5)34


Show me your ways, O L
ord, teach me your paths.
(Psalm 25:4)35

 

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward

you will take me into glory.
(Psalm 73:24)36

 

Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.
(Psalm 38:22)37

 

  • For one another.40,41
  • For those who persecute42 or mistreat us.43
  • For evangelism.44-47

 

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Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
(Psalm 16:1)38

 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked

who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.

(Psalm 17:8-9)39

 

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed.

(James 5:16)40

 

I urge  you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit,
to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
(Romans 15:30)41

 

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven
.
(Matthew 5:44)42

 

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
(Luke 6:28)43

 

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.
(Ephesians 6:19)44


And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

(Colossians 4:3)45

 

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
(2 Thessalonians 3:1)46

 

Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful

but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,

to send out workers into his harvest field.”
(Matthew 9:37-38)47

 


4.  Confession and Forgiveness:  We confess our sins and pray that our sins will be forgiven—just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.48-50

 

5.  Deliverance from Temptation and the Power of the Devil:  We pray that we will not fall into temptation and that we will be delivered from the evil one [the devil].51-53

 

There is no “magic formula” for prayer—no exclusive “posture” or preferred method for approaching and drawing near to God. The Bible reveals that Jesus sometimes knelt when He prayed.54  At other times He prayed while standing and looking up,55 or bowing down with His face to the ground.56  At times He prayed in public.57

 

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Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
(Matthew 6:12)48

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive

us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9)49

 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up

my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions

to the Lord”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
(Psalm 32:5)50

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.
(Matthew 6:13)51

 

Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. 

The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
(Matthew 26:41)52

 

My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but

that you protect them from the evil one. 
(John 17:15)53

He [Jesus] withdrew about a stone's throw beyond

them, knelt down and prayed.
(Luke 22:41)54
 

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed.
(John 17:1)55

 


At other times He pulled away from His disciples, and prayed by  Himself, alone and far away from others.58,59

 

It appears that Jesus may have had an established pattern of get­ting up early in the morning to pray.60  However, He also prayed at night and on at least one occasion, He went out to a mountain top and prayed all night to His heavenly Father.61

 

Although prayer can take place under many different circum­stances and take many different forms, not all prayers are equally acceptable in God’s sight.  There are many different hindrances to prayer mentioned in the Bible.  All of the factors cited below may seriously impede God’s answers to our prayers:

 

·         Sin:  God does not easily listen to the prayers of sinners; those who are unrepentant and who willfully cherish sin in their hearts.62-64

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Going a little farther, he [Jesus] fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. (Mark 14:35)56

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
(Luke 10:21)57

 

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (Luke 5:16)58

 

After leaving them, he [Jesus] went up on a mountainside to pray.
(Mark 6:46)59


Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up,

left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
(Mark 1:35)60


One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. (Luke 6:12)61

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not

have listened.  (Psalm 66:18)62


We know that God does not listen to sinners. (John 9:31)63

 

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 
(Isaiah 59:2)64

 


  • Ignoring God’s Laws:  If you turn a “deaf ear” to God’s laws, as contained in the Bible, your prayers are detestable to Him.65

 

  • Wickedness:  God distances Himself from the prayers of evil or wicked people.66

 

  • Wrong Motives:  God cannot be fooled. If you pray with the wrong motives (for example, asking for money for others, when you really want the money for yourself), you will not receive an answer to your prayer.67

 

  • Doubt and Lack of Faith:  If you doubt God’s existence or question His power to answer prayers, do not expect to receive anything from the Lord when you pray.68,69

 

  • Selfishness:  If you are selfish and ignore those who are poor or needy, do not expect to receive blessings when you, yourself, cry out for help.70

 

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If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law,

even his prayers are detestable. 
(Proverbs 28:9)65

 

The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the

prayer of the righteous.
(Proverbs 15:29)66

 

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask

with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on

your own pleasures.
(James 4:3)67


But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because

he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed

by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive

anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man,

unstable in all he does.
(James 1:6-7)68

 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because

anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and

that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(Hebrews 11:6)69

 

 

  • Arrogance/Pride:  God distances Himself from people who are arrogant; He hates and opposes those who are pride­ful.71-73

 

  • Unforgiveness:  When you stand before God praying, if you hold anything against anyone, you must forgive and “let go” of everything; otherwise, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins when you confess them.74,75

 

  • Disharmony in the Home:  If you mistreat your spouse, your prayers may be hindered.76

 

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If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor,

he too will cry out and not be answered.
(Proverbs 21:13)70

 

Israel’s arrogance testifies against them; the Israelites,

even Ephraim, stumble in their sin; Judah also stumbles

with them.  When they go with their flocks and herds

to seek the Lord, they will not find him;

he has withdrawn himself from them.

(Hosea 5:5-6)71

 

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
(Proverbs 16:5)72

 

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

(James 4:6)73

 

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything

against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father

in heaven may forgive you your sins.
(Mark 11:25)74

 

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly

Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men

their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
(Matthew 6:14-15)75

 

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live

with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker

partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life,

so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
(1 Peter 3:7)76

 

  • Hypocrisy:  Jesus spoke out against the religious legalists of His time who prayed lengthy and showy prayers in pub­lic, while behind the scenes they took advantage of the de­fenseless.77-79

God’s Guidance

 

Although there are a number of hindrances to prayer, the Bible also contains reference to several factors that promote a success­ful prayer life: 

 

  • Having Strong Faith and Belief:  God hears our prayers and answers them when our faith and belief are strong.80-82

 

  • Being Obedient:  If we have a clear conscience and obey God’s commands, God says He will give us anything we ask for in prayer.83

 

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And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,

for they love to pray standing in the synagogues

and on the street corners to be seen by men.
(Matthew 6:5)77

 

And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans,

for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
(Matthew 6:7)78

 

They devour widows’ houses and for a show make

lengthy prayers.  Such men will be punished most severely.
(Mark 12:40)79

 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
(Matthew 21:22)80

 

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say

to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,”

and it will obey you.
(Luke 17:6)81

 

I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go throw

yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but

believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe

that you have received it, and it will be yours.

(Mark 11:22-24)82

 

  • Being Righteous:  God is especially attentive to the prayers of people who are righteous;  their prayers are powerful and effective, and God promises to deliver them from all their troubles.84-86

 

  • Being Humble:  God hears us and responds favorably when we come before Him in humility.87-89

 

  • Seeking God’s Will:  Our Lord listens to godly people who do His will;90  if we ask for anything that is consistent with His
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Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have

confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask,

because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
(1 John 3:21-22)83

 

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
(James 5:16)84

 

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers
them from all their troubles
.

(Psalm 34:17)85

 

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears

are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is

against those who do evil.
(1 Peter 3:12)86

 

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
(James 4:10)87

 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble

themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their

wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their

sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14)88


Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself

before God when you heard what he spoke against this place

and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me

and tore your robes and wept in my presence,

I have heard you, declares the Lord.

(2 Chronicles 34:27)89


He [God] listens to the godly man who does his will.
(John 9:31)90

 

His will, He hears us.91  Therefore, it is important that we pray to understand God’s will for our lives.92,93

 

  • Abiding in Christ:  When the words of Christ abide in our heart, we will naturally pray for that which Christ will honor.  When we pray in accordance with this indwelling of Christ, we can ask for anything and it will be given to us.94

 

  • Praying in the Name of Jesus:  Christ promised that if we pray “in his name” we will receive whatever we ask for and “our joy will be complete.”  Praying in the name of Jesus implies oneness with Christ in heart and will.  Both Jesus and God respond to prayers that are consistent with the character of Christ.95,96

 

  • Praying in Secret:  To avoid hypocrisy, Christ recommended we go into a room, close the door, and pray to God in secret.  When God sees what you have done in secret, He will reward you.97
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This is the confidence we have in approaching God:

that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14)91

 

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand

what the Lord’s will is.
(Ephesians 5:17)92

 

We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to

fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual

wisdom and understanding.
(Colossians 1:9)93

 

If you remain in me and my words remain in you,

ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. 
(John 15:7)94

 

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the

Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me

for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(John 14:13-14)95


I tell you the truth
, my Father will give you whatever you ask

 in my name...Ask and you will receive,

and your joy will be complete.
(John 16:23,24)96

 


·         Praying Through the Holy Spirit:  Praying through the Spirit is one of the most powerful and effective means we have of approaching God.  When we don’t know what to pray, or how to pray, we can draw upon the Holy Spirit to assist us in our prayers. 

 

The Holy Spiritprays within us, and for us, in accordance with God’s will. Intercession by the Spirit can transcend be­yond the level of words.98 God will fully understand these prayers, even if words are not used.  In order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, all we need to do is to ask God.99

 

Of all the things mentioned thus far, arguably the most important factor that will determine the “success” of our prayers, is whether or not the things we ask for are consistent with God’s intentional will for our lives (or for the life of the person or persons for whom we are praying). 

 

That is, no matter how much we want something to happen, and no matter how earnest our requests to God may be, we must al­ways defer to God’s will for our lives, and accept His answer—even if  the  answer  is  “No.”   This  point  was  clearly  and  profoundly space

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But when you pray, go into your room, close the door

and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father,

who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
(Matthew 6:6)97

 

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do

not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself

intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 

And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the

Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints

in accordance with God’s will.

(Romans 8:26-28)98

 

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts

to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the
Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
(Luke 11:13)99

 

 

demonstrated by Jesus Christ when, in the Garden of Gethsem­ane, He prayed to God the Father to save Him from death by cru­cifixion.100-102 

 

In the end, Christ’s prayer was not answered (presumably because it was not in accordance with God’s will).  All of mankind benefited when Christ (despite His repeated and fervent prayer to God) ultimately submitted to His Father’s will, and was crucified for our salvation.103  This act of submission to God’s will is a perfect example of how we should live our own lives.

 

Finally, it is important to remember that Christ’s death was only temporary.  He was raised from the dead after the third day and He lives forever at the right hand of God.104  Obviously, something incredibly good can ultimately result when we submit our will to God’s will.

 

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Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground

and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be

 taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

(Matthew 26:39)100

 

He went away a second time and prayed,

“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away

unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

(Matthew 26:42)101

 

So he [Jesus] left them and went away once more and

prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
(Matthew 26:44)102

 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;

by his wounds you have been healed.
(1 Peter 2:24)103

 

But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated

at the right hand of the mighty God.

(Luke 22:69)104

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


Scriptures from...

Pearls Book

Godly Counsel Book