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By Rachel Lower

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (KJV)


Matthew 6:9-15 9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)

Notice first Jesus addressed and honored the Father, and said 'thy will be done'. He asked for their daily bread, forgiveness, and not to be led into temptation. Finally he honored the Father again and said Amen. We should fill our prayers with praise, thanksgiving, honor to the Father, and our requests.

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (KJV)

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)

Pray in belief.

Mark 11:25-26 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (KJV)

You must forgive those whom have sinned against you so that you may be forgiven of sins yourself.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

Give thanks, let your requests be known.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV)

Pray for one another.

One does not have to close their eyes, kneel, lift up their hands, fold their hands, etc. Those are all the traditions of men. Pray in whatever position you are comfortable in. I pray sitting down, sometimes kneeling and crying, sometimes quickly while I am standing. I usually do not fold my hands, unless sorrow has me folding them and laying my head upon them. I only close my eyes if something in the room or wherever I am at is disturbing my concentration.

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How Not?

Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. (KJV)

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (KJV)

For false purposes they make long prayer. For instance, have you ever heard a man pray an extremely long prayer, with long words so that it sounds good, saying things over and over again…? The main false purpose if often 'to look good'. I remember being around people who prayed like this. I was a babe then and was jealous of their beautiful words and long prayers. It was as if they were in competition. Don't feel you have to make a long prayer, it can be just a sentence long.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-5 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. (KJV)

Do not be irresponsible in your prayers. Do not make a vow unto God unless you know you can fulfill it and will.

Matthew 6:5 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. (KJV)

James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (KJV) John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (KJV)

The insincere prayers of the wicked are not answered.

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Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

Acts 1:13-14 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (KJV)

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. (KJV)

Acts 20:36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. (KJV)

Acts 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. (KJV)

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. (KJV)

It is good to gather together in sincere prayer.


In the morning…

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (KJV)

Psalm 88:13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. (KJV)

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. (KJV)

Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. (KJV)

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (KJV)

Evening, morning, and noon…

Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. (KJV)

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (KJV)

All night…

Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (KJV)

Without ceasing…

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. (KJV)

Whenever, just do it!

Before taking food…

Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. (KJV)

1 Samuel 9:13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him. (KJV)

John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. (KJV)

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (KJV)

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: (KJV)

Following the example of Christ, it is good to give thanks at mealtime. It is also a good example unto your children. In all things give thanks to the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (KJV)


Matthew 6:6 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.

Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (KJV)

Christ prayed in the garden of Gethsemane and on a mountain. He would go there, away from the craziness of the world, and pray to the Father. Praying in nature is peaceful and relaxing. I feel even closer to the Lord in nature, in his wonderful Creation. One must pray in private, often. When praying in private I often break out into praises afterward. It is great quality time with my Heavenly Father.

Obviously though, one can pray anywhere.

The Answer

In the Lord's time, not man's…

Psalm 22:1-2 1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. (KJV)

Psalm 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (KJV)

Jeremiah 42:7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah. (KJV)

Habakkuk 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! (KJV)

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? (KJV)

Sarah, Abraham's wife, was promised to bare. It was many years till her womb was opened.

Sometimes we get more than we ask for, sometimes less - the Lord knows best…

Solomon asked wisdom; the answer included wisdom, riches, honour, and long life,

1 Kings 3:7 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. (KJV)

2 Chronicles 1:10 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? (KJV)

The disciples prayed for Peter; the answer included Peter's deliverance, Acts 12:15, with v. 5. Moses asked to be permitted to cross Jordan; the answer was permission to view the land of promise, Deut. 3:23-27. The Israelites lusted for the flesh pots of Egypt; the answer gave them flesh, but also leanness of soul, Psa. 106:14,15. Martha and Mary asked Jesus to come and heal their brother Lazarus; Jesus delayed, but raised Lazarus from the dead, John 11. Paul asked that the thorn in the flesh be removed; the answer was a promise of grace to endure it, 2 Cor. 12:8,9.

Your sincere prayers will be answered…

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (KJV)

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (KJV)

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (KJV)

Examples from the Bible

Lot, Gen. 19:20. Eliezer, Gen. 24:12. Jacob, Gen. 32:9-12. Gideon, Judg. 6:22,36,39. Hannah, 1 Sam. 1:10. David, 2 Sam. 7:18-29. Hezekiah, 2 Kin. 20:2. Isaiah, 2 Kin. 20:11. Manasseh, 2 Chr. 33:18,19. Ezra, Ezra 9:5,6. Nehemiah, Neh. 2:4. Jeremiah, Jer. 32:16-25. Daniel, Dan. 9:3,19. Jonah, Jonah 2:1. Habakkuk, Hab. 1:2. Anna, Luke 2:37. Jesus, Matt. 14:23; 26:36,39; Mark 1:35; Luke 9:18,29. Paul, Acts 9:11. Peter, Acts 9:40; 10:9. Cornelius, Acts 10:30. Cain, Gen. 4:13-15. Abraham, for a son, Gen. 15; entreating for Sodom, Gen. 18:23-33; for Ishmael, Gen. 17:20; for Abimelech, Gen. 20:17. Hagar, for deliverance, Gen. 16:7-13. Abraham's servant, for guidance, Gen. 24:12-52. Rebecca, concerning her pains in pregnancy, Gen. 25:22,23.

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (KJV)

(Personal Note: I have an idea for any of those creative artist types out there-- have a psalm/prayer book. Write down your prayers and when they are answered, and write psalms unto the Lord.)

© Rachel


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