Importance of Mediation and Prayer

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God’s Promises Regarding Prayer


By what title does the psalmist address God?


O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.” Psalm 65:2.


Of whom does the Bible teach that God is a rewarder?


“He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. 


How willing is God to hear and answer prayer?


“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Matthew 7:11.  


What above all else shows God’s willingness to do this?


“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32.


The First Step in Prayer


Upon what conditions are we promised needed blessing?


Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7,8.


From whom do all good and perfect gifts come?


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17.


If one lacks wisdom, what is he told to do?


“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” Verse 5. 


Three Conditions to Answered Prayer


How must one ask in order to receive?


“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-mined man, unstable in all he does.” Verses 6,7.


Under what conditions does the psalmist say the Lord will not hear prayer?


If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Psalm 66:18. (See Isaiah 59:1.2; James 4:3.)


Whose prayers does Solomon say are an abomination?


If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.” Proverbs 28:9.


Note – Contention and discord quench the spirit of prayer. (1 Peter 3:1-7.) Many grieve the Spirit and drive Christ from their homes by giving way to impatience and passion. Angels of God flee from homes where there are unkind words, contention, and strife.


For whom did Christ teach us to pray?


“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 5:44.  


Note – We cannot hate those for whom we pray sincerely.


When praying, what must we do in order to be forgiven?


“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive our sins. Mark 11:25.


Time, Place, and Content of Prayer


What did Christ say concerning secret prayer?


“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6.


To what place did Jesus retire for secret devotion?


“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23.


With what should our prayers be mingled?


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6.


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