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Prayer


Pray at the beginning and ending of your Quiet Time or Bible reading. Ask God to supply your needs. Pray words of adoration to Him, confess your sin, express thankfulness for His blessings, and intercede for the needs of others. We pray to God the Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. That is, what Christ has done for us, has put us in the position of being able to pray to the Father. It is on the merits of Christ that we can come to God the Father.


What is prayer?


1. Prayer is not to be as the hypocrites who love to pray in public to be seen of other people..


Matthew 6:5-8
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.


2. The word “pray” simply means “to Ask .”  Prayer is asking – it is the cry of a Christian unto God, the request of a child to his or her Father.


Matthew 7:4-10
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
 
To whom do we pray?


John 15:16; John 16:23; and Luke 11:2. To whom should we pray? We are to pray to God the Father. 

John 15:16
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” 


John 16:23
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” 


Luke 11:2
“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” 
Note: Nowhere does the Bible teach us to repeat Luke 11:2-4. It is not the Lord’s prayer. (He never prayed it — it is a “model” prayer.)


In whose name do we pray?


John 14:14 and John 16:24. We pray in the name of Jesus.


John 14:14
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” 


John 16:24
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”



What things may we ask for?


1. Daily needs - Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread.” 

 

2. Wisdom - James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all menliberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

  

3. Preachers and the preaching of God's word - 2 Thessalonians 3:1 “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”  


4. Bold to preach the gospel - Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” 


5. Courage and boldness - Psalms 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” 


6. Understanding - Psalm 119:18 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”