PRAYING-COMMANDS TO BELIEVERS

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REASONS FOR PRAYER
1. God’s repeated command to do so. 1 Sam 12:23, Rom 12:12, Col 4:2-1, 1 Thess 5:17, 1 Tim 2:8
2. The example of Christ. Heb 5:7
3. The example of the early church. Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4, 12:5
4. The example of Paul. Acts 9:10-11, 16:25, 20:36, 21:5, Rom 10:1
5. Prayer defeats the devil. Luke 22:32, 1 Pet 4:7
6. Prayer saves the sinner. Luke 18:13
7. Prayer restores the backslider. James 5:16
8. Prayer strengthens the saint. Jude 20
9. Prayer sends forth laborers. Matt 9:38, Acts 13:2-3
10. Prayer heals the sick. James 5:13-15
11. Prayer glorifies God’s name. Rev 5:8, 8: 2-4
12. Prayer accomplishes the impossible. Matt 21:22, Mark 9:29, Acts 12:5-7, James 5:17-18
13. Prayer gives good things. Ps 102:17, Matt 7:7-11
14. Prayer imparts wisdom. James 1:5
15. Prayer bestows peace. Phil 4:5-7
16. Prayer keeps one from sin. Matt 26:41
17. Prayer reveals the will of God. Luke 11:9-10
QUALIFICATIONS FOR PRAYER
1. Prayer should be humble PS 10:17, Luke 18:13-14
2. Prayer should be bold. 1 John 5:13-15
3. Prayer should be in faith. Heb 11:6
4. Prayer should be sincere. Ps 145:18
5. Prayer should be simple. Matt 6:7
6. Prayer should be persistent. Luke 18:7, Col 4:2
7. Prayer should be definite. PS 27:4, Acts 12:5
8. Prayer should be in accord with God’s will. 1 John 5:14
HINDRANCES TO PRAYER
1. Unconfessed sin Ps 66:18
2. Insincerity Matt 6:5
3. Carnal motives James 4:3
4. Unbelief James 1:5-6
5. Satanic Activity Dan 10:10-13
6. Domestic Problems 1 Pet 3:7
7. Pride Luke 18:10-14
8. Robbing God Mal 3:8-10
9. Refusing to submit to biblical teaching. Prov 1:24-28, 28:9, Zech 7:11-14
10. Refusing to forgive or to be forgiven. Matt 5:23-24, 6:12, 14
11. Refusing to help the needy. Prov 21:3, 1 John 3:16-17

THINGS TO PRAY FOR
1. Ourselves Gen 24:12, Matt 14:30, Luke 23:42
2. One another. James 5:16, Rom 1:9
3. Pastors Eph 6:19-20, Col 4:3
4. Sick believers . James 5:14-15
5. Rulers 1 Tim 2:1-3
6. Our enemies. Matt 5:44, Acts 7:59-60
7. Israel Ps 122:6, Isa 62:6-7
8. All men. 1 Tim 2:1

The author is a retired businessman whose Christian service included director of the singles ministry in a 5,500 member church, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and director of youth ministry. The author has also been a consultant to various Christian organizations including Christians For Urban Justice, Urban Home Ownership Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity. Civic activity included Director of the Edison Inventor’s Association. The author, now retired, was a principal and CEO of SAVE-ON-A/C, a wholesale distribution company, MARKETING CONCEPTS, a multi-faceted marketing company, and PINE ISLAND LUMBER, a full scale building material dealership. Professional licenses include Land Title Law, Business Insurance Law, Real Estate and Mortgage Law, and Security Law Enforcement.

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