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*** For what
purpose did the Saviour utter the parable of the importunate widow?
“And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1.
*** If one
asks in the proper way for what he needs, how will his prayer be regarded?
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24.
*** What must
accompany faith in order that our hearts shall not condemn us, and that we
may have the things of which we ask?
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22.
*** If one
does not ask in faith, what does he gain?
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavereth
is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not
that man think that he shall receive any- thing of the Lord.”
James 1:6, 7.
*** If prayer
is offered while cherishing an unforgiving spirit toward another, of what
avail is it?
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against
any; that your Father also which is in heaven may for- give you your
trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is
in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25, 26.
course on the part of husbands or wives will prevent their prayers from
Contention and discord. 1 Peter 3:7.
answer will he receive who turns away his ear from hearing the law?
“Even his prayer shall be abomination.” Prov. 28:9.
*** When the
conditions are complied with on which answers to prayer may be expected,
for what may petitions be offered?
( 1) For the forgiveness of sin, 2 Chron. 7:14; 1 John 5:16; Matt.
(2) for the Holy Spirit, John 14:16; Luke 11:13;
(3) for deliverance in the hour of temptation and danger, Matt. 6:13; John 17:11; Prov. 3:26; Ps. 91;
(4) for wisdom and understanding, James 1:5; 1 Kings 3:9; Dan. 2:17-19;
(5) for the healing of the sick, James 5:14, 15; 2 Kings 20;
(6) for the prosperity of the ministers of God, Eph. 6:18, 19; 2 Thess. 3:1;
(7) for those who suffer for the truth’s sake, Heb. 13:3; Acts 12:5;
(8) for rulers, Ezra 6:10; Acts 23:5;
(9) for temporal prosperity, that the work of God be not hindered, James 5:17, 18; Zech. 10:1;
(10) for the Lord to vindicate His cause, 1 Kings 18:30-39;
(11) for the coming of Christ, Matt. 6:10; Rev.22:20.
*** If an
answer does not come at the time and in the manner expected, what should
be the attitude of the petitioner?
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Ps. 37:7.
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