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How to Pray So That God Will Accept

We believers in the Lord pray to Him every day. How should we pray so our prayers are accepted by the Lord? Please click on and read this article, and it will help you pray in accordance with God’s intentions.

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

The Bible records many stories in which situations take a turn for the better and problems are solved through the power of prayer. So, how can we gain the power of prayer? What should we pray for?

How to Make Effective Prayers

Praying is a required daily practice for us Christians, but how should we make effective prayers so that God will listen? The answer is, we must speak the words within our hearts to God in our prayers, and be reasonable without making demands of God or making deals with Him.

The Lord‘s Prayer

Bible Verses About the Lord Jesus’ Teaching About Prayer

Prayer is very important for Christians. Then how can we pray in accordance with the Lord’s will? This passage selects Bible verses about the Lord Jesus’ teaching about prayer. Let’s follow the Lord’s teaching to learn how to pray and ponder the truth in each word of the Lord’s prayer. Matthew 6:5-15 5    And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 6   But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. 7   But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8   Be not you therefore like to them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. 9   After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. 10   Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11   Give us this day our daily bread. 12   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14   For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15   But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. » We’d like to share with you the articles: • The Mystery in the Lord’s Prayer: Is the Kingdom of God Really in Heaven? • 4 Aspects Christians Need to Know About Praying to God • Three Principles of Prayer Help You Keep Temper

The Tragedy of Religious Prayers

We Christians cannot be without prayer to God. Yet do you know how many religious prayers are there among those we make in our real life? Now please read this gospel article “The Tragedy of Religious Prayers”. One day, I came back home from the church meeting, my legs still aching. I sat on the bed, patting my two legs and humming a hymn weakly, “We have to praise Jehovah, because all things are out of Him. He is the Ruler of the heavens and earth and all things. There is no other God like Him …” Just as I was singing, my husband opened the door and came in. Seeing him back, I was very excited and asked, “You have finally come back. How come you go out so long this time? It’s nearly two years.” My husband put the things with him on the table, explaining, “These days, I was busy dealing with the affairs of the church and couldn’t get away.” Then he came to the bedside and asked me with concern, “Why do you massage your legs again?” I said, “I received a notice from the upper-level co-workers and had a meeting for a few days. I came home a little while ago. My legs ache badly. I just massage them to stimulate the circulation.” My husband said with a smile, “Did you kneel to pray for a long time in the meeting?” I said gruffly, “That’s right. The two co-workers prayed for more than one hour and called on the name of the Lord for over twenty minutes. In the end, they again prayed for more than one hour. It was almost three hours in all. In fact, after praying for forty minutes, I felt my legs were numb and my calves swollen. I wanted to stand up to relax my legs and reduce soreness, but at the thought that this suffering would be approved by God, I had to kneel there and continued praying. Later, when the prayer was finished, I could hardly stand up. I felt tired and painful. I really couldn’t bear it.” My husband said seriously, “The Lord Jesus has ever said: ‘God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24). Prayer is the most direct way for us to worship God. We need to use our heart to pray to the Lord and speak intimate words with Him. That is, we should talk to God about our true state and actual difficulties, rather than show off our eloquence and exhibit ourselves in praying. In the past, when I prayed with brothers and sisters during my sermon, many times I listed the verses and said a bunch of nice sounding words. I didn’t pray with my heart. Instead, I wanted to win others’ favor for admiration and let others look up to me. Now, I am very fed up with the way we prayed.” I said in puzzlement, “Yeah, the Lord Jesus asked us to use our heart and integrity to worship Him. Put like that, I find I have the same attitude that if I pray with many words, list many scriptures and pray for a long time, I will be spiritual and others dare not look down upon me. Actually, we co-workers also list verses to compare ourselves to each other. That’s the reason why each of us prayed longer than the next.” My husband said, “In reality, God pays no mind to our half-hearted prayers. In Matthew 6:5-7, it recorded what the Lord Jesus has ever taught His disciples,‘And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.’ From these words, we can see that the Lord Jesus loathes the prayers of the hypocrites. But we think that the more words of our prayers are, the happier the Lord will be. In fact, it is not. Our prayers are to flaunt ourselves on purpose and to show off, so that others will mistake our outward practices for our devotion to the Lord. How can such behaviors deceive the Lord?” After hearing his words, I nodded and said, “What you said is truly so. Well, I find you have had much progress. Where did you get so much light? I have never heard before.” He said with a smile, “Such seeing was from some words a net friend sent to me the other day. I felt he had his own unique insights about prayer, so I wrote down some of the important passages on my notebook. When I am free, I can ponder them. Let me share them with you.” Saying these words, my husband stood up and walked to the table. He opened his bag to take out his notebook, and began to read, “‘Prayer is not a case of going through the formalities, or following procedure, or reciting the words of God, which is to say, prayer does not mean parroting words and copying others. In prayer, you must give your heart to God, sharing the words in your heart with God so that you may be touched by God.’ You see how these words are accordance with the Lord’s requirements for us. That is to say, prayer is not going through the formalities or following procedure or reciting God’s words. In prayer, we should give our heart to God and speak from the heart to Him.” Looking at these words, I said, “In this light, our former prayers are reciting verses, parroting words and…

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