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praying_hands Six Elements Of Prayer:  praying_hands

Here are six things that you can include in a prayer with some examples.

1). Praise / Worship of God:

give_thanks_to_the_lordJudean King Hezekia asking deliverance from Assyria:

"O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth." (2 Ki. 19:15)

Moses after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea:

Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Ex.15:11).

In God's throne room in heaven:

"Worthy is the Lamb!...Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!" (Rev.5:12-13).

2). Confession of Sin:

Nehemiah on hearing Jerusalem's walls were in shambles:

"[I] confess the sins of the children of Israel...We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances." (Neh. 1:6-7).

David after his sin with Bathsheba:

"For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight." (Psalm 51:3-4).

The prophet Daniel in Babylon:

"We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled...Neither have we headed Your servants the prophets." (Dan. 9:5-6).

3). Affirmation of God's Word:

Moses after the golden calf incident:

"Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by your own self..."I will multiply your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever." (Ex. 32:13).

The Apostles following persecution:

"You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things?"' (Acts 4:24-25).

A prayer of Moses: "Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed...the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God." (Psalm 90:1-2).

4). Thanksgiving For God's Blessing:

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods." (Psalm 95:1-3).

The virgin Mary rejoicing at God's promise that she would bear the Messiah:

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior... For He who is mighty has done great things for me." (Luke 1:46-47, 49).

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works." (Psalm 107:21-22).


5). Intercession For Others:

The apostle Paul asking the church to pray:

"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving: meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ." (Col. 4:2-3).

Jesus for His disciples:

I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me...The world has hated them because they are not of the world...Keep them from the evil one." (Jn. 17:9, 14-15).

Stephen asking forgiveness for those who stoned him:

"Then he knelt down and cried,...'Lord do not charge them with this sin." (Acts 7:60).

6). Supplication For Oneself:

Hannah requesting a son from the Lord:

"If You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life." (1 Sam. 1:11).

Jonah from the belly of the great fish:

"I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice. I will look again toward Your holy temple." (Jonah 2:2,4).

Jesus in Gethsemane shortly before His crucifixion:

"O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will" (Mt. 25:39).

Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life. It enables us to communicate directly with God through our great High Priest, Jesus. In this age, faith in Him privileges us to "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16). God tells us, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (Isa. 5:16). Above are examples of the prayers of those who have gone before us and found almighty God to be faithful and true to His unchanging, eternal Word.



Friends of Israel...Israel My Glory Magazine - March/April 2011 by Thomas C. Simcox

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