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Prayer

(Tenet No. 4)

1. Does God desire us to approach him in prayer?
Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and said that men ought always to pray and not to faint. (Luke 11:9, Mark 1:35, Luke 18:1)

2. Has prayer been common to men from the beginning?
Yes. It is God’s will that man should always call upon the Name of the Lord. (Ps. 65:2, Gen. 4:26)

3. What form should our prayers take?
That of adoration, confession, petition, supplication, intercession, with thanksgiving. (Matt. 6:9-14)

4. What should we pray for?
That God’s Name be hallowed, and His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as in Heaven. In all our prayers we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 11:2, Rom. 8:26)

5. Can we, from the Scriptures, give examples of answered prayer?
Yes. Abraham’s prayer for a son-Isaac, Jacob’s wrestling with the angel for a blessing, the thief on the cross calling for remembrance, Cornelius for light from God, besides many others. (Gen. 15:2-6, 32:24-30, Luke 23:42-43, Acts 10:4)

6. Whose prayer does God answer?
The prayers of those who seek Him with all their hearts. (Jer. 29:13)

7. Is prayer of great importance?
Yes. For by it we have communion with God, and all the godly pray without ceasing. (1st Thess. 5:17, Matt. 6:6, Ps. 32:6)