Purpose of Prayer

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5: 14 – 15)

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus, “ (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

What is the Purpose of Prayer?

Who to Pray For:

  • Ezra 6:10
    That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
  • Matthew 5:44
    But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • Matthew 19:13
    Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
  • Luke 6:28
    Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. Jesus prays for us:
  • John 17:9
    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
What to Pray For:
  • 2 Samuel 24:17
    And David spoke unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father’s house.
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
    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.
  • Matthew 9:38
    Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
  • Matthew 26:41
    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  • Mark 14:38
    Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
  • Luke 10:2
    Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
  • 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.
  • Luke 22:40
    And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
  • Luke 22:46
    And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Jesus praying
  • John 17:15, 20
    I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
    Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
  • Acts 8:22
    Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20
    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:7
    Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
  • Philippians 1:9
    And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
  • Colossians 1:9
    For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11
    Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:1
    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
  • James 1:5-6
    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
When to Pray:
  • Psalm 55:17
    Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
  • Luke 6:12
    And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
  • 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.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    Pray without ceasing.
  • Acts 6:4
    But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
  • Acts 12:5
    Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
  • Romans 12:12
    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
  • Ephesians 6:18
    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
  • Philippians 4:6
    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
  • Colossians 4:2
    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
  • 1 Peter 4:7
    But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Where to Pray:
  • Matthew 6:6
    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
  • Matthew 26:36
    Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
  • Matthew 14:23
    And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
  • Mark 6:46
    And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
  • Mark 14:32
    And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
  • Acts 10:9
    On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
  • 1 Timothy 2:8
    I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
How to Pray:
  • 1 Kings 8:54
    And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.
  • Daniel 9:3
    And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
  • Zechariah 8:21
    And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
  • Matthew 6:5
    And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
  • Matthew 6:7
    But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
  • Matthew 18:19-20
    Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
    For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
  • Luke 18:1
    And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
  • Luke 22:45
    And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
  • Acts 1:14
    These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
  • 1 Timothy 2:8
    I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
  • James 1:5-6
    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
    But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
  • James 4:2-3
    Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
    Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
  • 1 John 3:22
    And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
  • 1 John 5:14-15
    And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
    And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him
Why to Pray:
  • Jesus did and we should follow His example.
    Hebrews 12:2
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    John 11:41-42
    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.
    And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
  • Confess our sins.
    Luke 11:4
    And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us…
  • To be blessed.
    Job 42:10
    And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
  • We are sowing blessings for ourselves.
    Matthew 7:7-12
    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
    Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
    Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
    Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
    James 4:2-3
    Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
    Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
  • To praise God.
    Matthew 6:9
    After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  • To thank Him.
    Philippians 4:6
    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    Colossians 4:2
    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
  • Ask for help.
    John 14:13-14
    And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
    John 15:7
    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
  • There is power in prayer.
    John 15:7
    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
  • For purpose.
    John 15:8
    Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
  • Spiritual warfare.
    Matthew 26:41
    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
    Luke 22:40-41
    And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
    And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
  • To please God.
    Proverbs 15:8
    The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
  • Jesus told us to.
    Luke 18:1
    And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Prayer and Healing:
  • 1 Kings 13:6
    And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
  • 1 Kings 17:21
    And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.
  • James 5:13
    Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
  • James 5:14
    Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
  • James 5:16
    Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

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