Through prayer, we are able to carry on an intimate and personal relationship
with God; it strengthens our relationship with him. It helps us to overcome
temptation through divine intervention.
Jesus gave us a basic outline, not a substitute for our own thoughts, on how
and what we need to be thinking when we pray to our father, it should not be a
prepared prayer that we are to memorize and repeat over and over again. God does
not want to hear prepared prayers, speech's, or chanting's, they are meaningless
to God, God expects to hear from your heart as you would speak to a close
friend. Give glory and thanks to God, you don't need to be long winded, ask
for the important things you need, such as knowledge and the strength to over
come the temptations of this evil world. There is no need to ask for things like
food, shelter, or clothing, for he provides these without our even asking.
There are two types of prayer found in scripture, private prayer as stated in
Matthew 6:6, and public prayer as found in 1Kings 8:22-23.
True prayer should be done in private, this is very important, you can talk
to God while driving your car, or out walking your dog, there are many times in
the day you can communicate. In private prayer, we pour our heart out to God and
tell Him all that is on our mind.
Matthew 6:5-13 "When you pray, you are not to be as the
Pharisees are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the
street corners, that people may see them. Instead I say to you, they have
their rewards. But you, when you pray, enter into a closet, and when you shut
the door, pray to God in secret, and God which sees in secret will reward you
openly. Now when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for
they think that they will be heard because of their long speeches. Be not like
them, for God knows what you are in need of before you ask him. In this style
you should pray, Our father which is in heaven, holy is your name, your
kingdom will come, and your desire will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin
against us. And give us strength to over come temptation, also protect us from
evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Matthew 21:22 "With all things, what ever you ask for in
prayer, believing, you will receive."
Mark 9:17-29 "And one of the multitude answered and said,
Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And
wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with
his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast
him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless
generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring
him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway
the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he
asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of
a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to
destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help
us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him
that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said
with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the
people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him,
Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more
into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he
was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by
the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the
house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And
he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and
Luke 11:1-4 "And it came to pass, as he finished praying one
day, one of his disciples asked him, Lord teach us how to pray, like John
taught his disciples. So he said to them, When you pray, communicate like
this, Our father who is in heaven, holy be your name. your kingdom will come,
and your will be done, even as it is in heaven, so also on earth. Thank you
for our daily bread. Please forgive us our sins, for we also forgive those
that sin against us. And give us strength from temptation; also protect us
Luke 21:36 "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be
accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to
stand before the Son of man."
Romans 8:26-27 "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. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious for anything, but in every
thing use prayer, and appeal with thanksgiving to let your requests be made
known to God."
James 5:16 "The fervent prayer of a righteous man will profit
1 Timothy 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray everywhere,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."
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."
2 Chronicles 6:19-21 "Have respect therefore to the prayer of
thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry
and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: That thine eyes may be
open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that
thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant
prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy
servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place:
hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest,
2 Chronicles 7:12-16 "And the LORD appeared to Solomon by
night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place
to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no
rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence
among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then
will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made
in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name
may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there
The purposes of public prayer is different from private prayer. We are
leading others to look on God and directing their attention to the Lord to rely
1Kings 8:22 "And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in
the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
1Kings 18:36 "And it came to pass at the time of the offering
of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD
God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art
God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these
things at thy word"
Ezra 10:1 "Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed,
weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto
him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for
the people wept very sore."
Act 20:36 " And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and
prayed with them all."
John 11:41 "Then they took away the stone from the place where
the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank
thee that thou hast heard me."
Why Don't you get what you pray for?
James 4:3 " Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that
ye may consume it upon your lusts."
If you pray with a need, do it in a humbled attitude and it's a good idea to
fast. Remember that, prayer is worship!