Why and when should we pray? What should the purpose of our prayers be?
In the post to follow this one, I will discuss these questions more in depth. For now though, read these verses to see just some of what Scripture tells us about prayer:
PRAYER should be…
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” — Romans 13:12
“Pray without ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17
2. For other people (as well as ourselves)
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.”
1 Timothy 2:1
“Brothers, pray for us.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:25,
“Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.” — Matthew 9:38
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” — Matthew 6:7-8
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” — Romans 8:26
“Praying at all times in the Spirit…” — Ephesians 6:18
5. Done to draw us closer to God
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” — Isaiah 55:6
“O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” — Psalm 141:1-2
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” — Matthew 6:6
I hope these verses give you something to think about today!
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,
“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.” E.M. Bounds
“Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.” John Calvin
“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” E.M. Bounds