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Biblical Teaching on Prayer: Prayer is a two-way conversation with the Creator of the universe.  It is an opportunity to communicate with our Creator.

Prayer is an essential part of the Christian faith, and the Bible contains numerous teachings and examples of prayer. From the prayers of the patriarchs and prophets in the Old Testament to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament, the Bible provides guidance on how to pray and the importance of prayer in our lives.

One of the most famous prayers in the Bible is the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus taught to His disciples as a model for how to pray. This prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13, emphasizes the importance of honoring God’s name, seeking His kingdom and will, and asking for our daily needs to be met. It also includes a request for forgiveness and guidance, as well as a recognition of God’s power and glory.

“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever.

This prayer begins by addressing God as our Father and acknowledging His holiness. It then expresses a desire for His kingdom to come and for His will to be done. The prayer includes requests for daily provision and forgiveness, as well as protection from temptation and evil.

In addition to the Lord’s Prayer, the Bible contains many examples of prayer, such as the Psalms, where individuals pour out their hearts to God. Throughout the Bible, prayer is portrayed as an ongoing conversation with God, which can be done in many different ways, such as silently, out loud, alone, or in a group. The important thing is to approach prayer with a humble and sincere heart, and to be open to God’s response. Throughout the Bible, we see examples of prayer being used in times of need and distress. In the book of Psalms, David frequently prayed for God’s protection and deliverance from his enemies. In the book of James, we are instructed to pray for healing when we are sick and to confess our sins to one another in prayer (James 5:13-16).

If Jesus had to pray, how much more do you and I need to pray?

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