Does the Bible teach a Right Way to pray?
Throughout the Bible effective prayer includes elements of adoration, confession and commitment, as well as requests.
“When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven._Nehemiah 1:4-11 (RSV)
While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel; for the people wept bitterly.Ezra 10:1 (RSV)
These old covenant prophets along with God’s people, Israel, begged and pleaded; wept and fasted for days to gain God’s attention. Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need of constant prayer and to show them they must never give up. Luke 18:1-8 And yet, the Holy Spirit inspired Doctor Luke to record Jesus telling Martha, “Only one thing is needed” immediately followed by “Pray like this.” There seems to be a mystery, and a method encapsulated within these verses. _Luke 10:38 – 11:13
We are told to ask – seek – knock…trusting that our Abba Father hears and responds out of his great love, pouring out grace and peace upon those who are in Christ Jesus.