Prayer is how we communicate with God. God wants us to pray, and Jesus taught us how to pray. Here are some interesting things about the spiritual discipline of prayer.
1. We should not lose heart as we pray (Luke 18:1)
2. We can cast all our cares on God because He cares about us (1 Pet. 5:7).
3. Thanksgiving is a part of God’s will for us (1 Thess. 5:18).
4. When we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
5. We can pray to God about anything (Phil. 4:6).
6. God hears our prayers and is listening closely (Pss. 65:2; 66:19; 1 Pet. 3:12).
7. When we pray according to God’s will we can be sure that He hears us (Matt. 6:10; 1 John 5:14-15).
8. Prayer is to be done in Jesus’ name, meaning based on our faith and trust in Him as the Messiah and our advocate (John 16:24)
9. God knows what we need before we ask (Matt. 6:8), but He still wants us to trust Him enough to ask (Matt. 7:7-11).
10. If we want to be forgiven when we ask, we need to forgive others (Matt. 6:12-15).
11. Jesus gives us a model for how to pray simply and directly to God (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4).
12. We should pray for all people because God wants everyone to be saved (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
13. Prayer is hard work and must be done with endurance (Luke 11:5-13; Rom. 12:12).
14. The prayer of the righteous has great power as it is working (Jas. 5:16).
15. We can pray boldly with confidence just like the faithful heroes we read about in the Old Testament (Jas. 5:17-18).
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16. Sometimes we do not have because we do not ask (Jas. 4:2).
17. God always gives wisdom to those who for it in faith (Jas. 1:5-8).
18. When we keep God’s commandments we can be sure that we’re heard (Prov. 15:29; 1 John 3:22).
19. When people are in trouble we can help most by praying (Acts 12:5; 2 Cor. 1:11).
20. We can pour out our hearts to God because He is a refuge for us (Ps. 62:8).
21. Jesus would get up early and get away from the crowds to pray— we can adopt similar practices to be sure we can pray without distraction (Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12).
22. Requesting prayers from others is a sign of spiritual strength, not spiritual weakness (Eph. 6:18-20; Col. 4:2-3; 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1).
23. We should always pray for God’s will to be done above our own, even when it’s difficult (Matt. 26:39).
24. We can pray boldly knowing God will give us grace and mercy when we need it (Jonah 2:7; Heb. 4:16).
25. Short prayers can be just as powerful as long prayers (1 Chr. 4:10; Eccl. 5:2).
26. We don’t have to use fancy words or trite phrases to get God’s attention (Matt. 6:7).
27. We’re praying to a God who can do more than we ask or even think (Eph. 3:20-21).
28. Mistreatment of one’s spouse can lead to prayers being hindered (1 Pet. 3:7).
29. We should pray for our enemies (Matt. 5:44).
30. We should pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17).
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Wonderful thoughts about prayer in this article. Thanks for your insight, Hiram! Masterfully done! - Dean T.