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.
Prayer is to be consistent and persistent. And prayer is to be spontaneous.
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