I have had prayer on my mind, as it so often is, for days and days now. The enemy constantly tries to make me feel as if my prayers are no good, that they aren’t getting anywhere and that they make no sense to God.
May I just say that the enemy is a liar? Because I DO say that quite often 🙂
So I sat down here tonight, which is usually my bedtime, and decided to do some looking. I compiled a few notes on prayer from the New Testament. I’m not purposely neglecting the Old Testament, but right now, my focus is on what Jesus thought about it and how his followers carried it on. I think that is an important place to start, since we are under grace and not under law (another blog post for another time, if you like)
Pray for those that despitefully use and persecute you. (Matt. 5:44) (Luke 6:28)
Don’t pray like a hypocrite, to be seen by men (Matt. 6:5)
When you pray, enter into your closet and shut the door (Matt. 6:6)
When you pray, don’t use vain repetitions (Matt. 6:7)
Some things don’t happen without prayer AND fasting (Matt. 17:21) (Mark 9:29)
Whatever you ask in prayer, IF YOU BELIEVE, you will have it. (Matt. 21:22) (Mark 11/;24)
When you pray, forgive anyone you have anything against, so God can forgive you (Mark 11:25)
Should a woman pray uncovered? (1 Cor. 11:13)
Your spirit can pray in an unknown tongue (1 Cor. 14:14)
Pray about everything. (Philippians 4:6)
Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17)
Everyone should pray, without anger or doubting (1 Tim. 2:8)
If you are afflicted, pray! (James 5:13)
If you are sick, call for the elders of the church to pray and anoint with oil (James 5:14)
The prayer of faith will save the sick and cause sins to be forgiven (James 5:15)
Husbands, give honor to your wives, as the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of live, so your prayers are not hindered (1 Peter 3:7)
The Lord’s ears are open to the prayers of the righteous, but He is against those that do evil (1 Peter 3:12)
Pray in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20)
Prayer is often accompanied by fasting…
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
John 20:30-31 … 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
John 21:25 … 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
This was just some rambling thoughts that I had to get down tonight. Please, feel free to add thoughts and Scripture in the comments. If need be, this can turn into a series, but it’s something I just desire to know so much more about. I’ll be studying on it.