[PC-USA] 1999-02-07 - Prayer

As God's children, we are to offer up many kinds of prayers - confession, praise, adoration, seeking God's face, petition, intercession - both as individuals and in our local churches. Here is some of what God's written word has to say about prayer, including some examples.

Eph 6:18 (NIV) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psa 22:25 (NNAS)From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.

1 Tim 2:1-4 (NNAS) First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Psa 62:8 (NNAS) Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

1 Pet 3:7 (NNAS) You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Acts 10:4 (NNAS) And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.

Examples

Adoration:

Psa 8:1 (NNAS) O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

Confession:

Psa 41:4 (NNAS) As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."

Seeking God:

Psa 13:1 (NNAS)How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Asking God for help:

Psa 13:3-4 (NNAS) Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

Jan

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