“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Prayer needs to be part of our daily lives. It is through prayer that we worship and praise God. It is the way we petition God for our needs, and to seek God’s intervention for those that cannot pray for themselves. Prayer is needed to strengthen our spiritual nature.
When we pray, we pray to the Father. Matthew 6:9; John 16:26-27
We are to pray through His Son Jesus Christ, our mediator with the Father. I Timothy 2:5
We are to pray depending on the Holy Spirit to make intercession for us when we don’t know what to pray or how to pray. Romans 8:26-27
We are to pray for the will of God. I John 5:14
Before we pray, we are to make sure all sin is confessed and forsaken. Psalm 66:18
Before we pray, we also must make sure we have forgiven others for anything they may have done to us. Matthew 6:12; Mark 11:25-26
When we pray we ask in faith, not wavering, not doubting. James 1:5-6; 4:2-3.
We are to pray during private devotions. Matthew 6:6
We are to pray at the family altar. Philemon 2
We are to pray at public meetings. Acts 4:23-24
When we pray we pray unselfishly, being more concerned for others and for God’s glory.
When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane He was more concerned with us, and with God’s will and glory.
“Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt.” Mark 14:36
When we pray, we should pray as Jesus prayed.