God's Word: Prayer

Therefore, it is a holy and beneficial thought to pray on behalf of those who have passed away, so that they may be released from sins. (2 Maccabees 12:46)

Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and whoever seeks, finds; and to anyone who knocks, it will be opened. Or what man is there among you, who, if his son were to ask him for bread, would offer him a stone; or if he were to ask him for a fish, would offer him a snake? Therefore, if you, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your sons, how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to those who ask him? (Matthew 7:7-11)

Again I say to you, that if two of those among you have agreed on earth, about anything whatsoever that they have requested, it shall be done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I, in their midst.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

And all things whatsoever that you shall ask for in prayer: believing, you shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

Amen I say to you, that whoever will say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and who will not have hesitated in his heart, but will have believed: then whatever he has said be done, it shall be done for him. For this reason, I say to you, all things whatsoever that you ask for when praying: believe that you will receive them, and they will happen for you. And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:23-25)

Watch and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)

Now he also told them a parable, that we should continually pray and not cease, saying: “There was a certain judge in a certain city, who did not fear God and did not respect man. But there was a certain widow in that city, and she went to him, saying, ‘Vindicate me from my adversary.’ And he refused to do so for a long time. But afterwards, he said within himself: ‘Even though I do not fear God, nor respect man, yet because this widow is pestering me, I will vindicate her, lest by returning, she may, in the end, wear me out.’ ” Then the Lord said: “Listen to what the unjust judge said. So then, will not God grant the vindication of his elect, who cry out to him day and night? Or will he continue to endure them? I tell you that he will quickly bring vindication to them. Yet truly, when the Son of man returns, do you think that he will find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, then you may ask for whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)

Pursue prayer. Be watchful in prayer with acts of thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for all of you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

Is anyone ill among you? Let him bring in the priests of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And a prayer of faith will save the infirm, and the Lord will alleviate him. And if he has sins, these will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be saved. For the unremitting prayer of a just person prevails over many things. Elijah was a mortal man like us, and in prayer he prayed that it would not rain upon the earth. And it did not rain for three years and six months. And he prayed again. And the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:14-18)

Most beloved, if our heart does not reproach us, we can have confidence toward God; and whatever we shall request of him, we shall receive from him. For we keep his commandments, and we do the things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment: that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us. And those who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And we know that he abides in us by this: by the Spirit, whom he has given to us. (1 John 3:21-24)

I am writing this to you, so that you may know that you have Eternal Life: you who believe in the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence which we have toward God: that no matter what we shall request, in accord with his will, he hears us. And we know that he hears us, no matter what we request; so we know that we can obtain the things that we request of him. (1 John 5:13-15)


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