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the promise to those who ask and seek for the things they need?
"Everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matt. 7:8.
the Saviour illustrate the willingness of Heaven to grant favors to those
"If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask Him?" Matt. 7:11.
name should we present our prayers to God?
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My
name, I will do it." John 14:13, 14.
Why is it
necessary to ask God for all these things?
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning." James 1:17.
what means are these gifts received?
"Everyone that asketh receiveth."
Matt. 7:8. "If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask Him." Matt. 7:11. "Whatsoever
ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you." John
16:23. "Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."
we pray to God.
"I will pray with the spirit, and
I will pray with the understanding also." 1 Cor. 14:15.
should the prayers of a suppliant be mingled?
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God." Phil. 4:6.
certain forms be repeated in public for the purpose of being heard by men?
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much
speaking." Matt. 6:7.
necessarily prompt our petitions, in order to please God?
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that
cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him." Heb. 11:6.
must this faith be?
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
praying for forgiveness, how should we feel toward those who have in any
way injured us?
"And when ye stand praying, forgive if ye have aught against
any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you you r
trespasses." Mark 11:25.
result if this injunction is not carried out?
"But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which
is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:26.
should we do when in affliction?
"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray." James
pray in secret?
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and
when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and
thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matt.
places did our Saviour retire for secret devotion?
"And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a
mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there
alone." Matt. 14:23.
But if it
should happen that we were thrown into the presence of those who ridicule
prayer, or were forbidden to pray, should we give up our customary
"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into
his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem,
he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave
thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." Dan. 6:10.
said of Cornelius and his family?
"A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which
gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway." Acts 10:2.
apostolic believers have gatherings for prayer?
"And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of
Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were
gathered together praying." Acts 12:12.
does the apostle exhort the church to pray?
"Praying always with
all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." Eph. 6:18.
he express himself on this point elsewhere?
"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thess. 5:17.
parable of the importunate widow, what reason did the judge give for
finally heeding her petition?
"Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow
troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary
me." Luke 18:4, 5.
the Saviour apply the parable?
"And the lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall
not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though
He bear long with them?" Luke 18:6, 7.
the Saviour conclude in answer to His own question on this point?
"I tell you that He will avenge them speedily." Luke 18:8.
question does the Saviour immediately ask?
"Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shalt He find faith on
the earth?" Luke 18:8.
purpose was the parable employed?
"And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought
always to pray and not to faint." Luke 18:1.
injunction did the Saviour leave on this point for the special benefit of
those who would live just before His second coming?
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of man." Luke 21:36.