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Did you know that God talks to us when we study and meditate on His Word, the Holy Bible, and that we talk to Him through our prayers? It's true.
In His short time on earth, Jesus prayed to God many times about things that are written, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." John 21:25
"After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone." Matthew 14:23
"But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray [in seclusion]." Luke 5:16
"Now it happened that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?'” Luke 9:18
"It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.'” Luke 11:1
"And being in agony [deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death], He prayed more intently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground." Luke 22:44
JESUS PRAYED FOR THE CHILDREN
"Then children were brought to Jesus so that He might place His hands on them and pray . . ." Matthew 19:13
MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER
12 "And Jesus entered the temple [grounds] and drove out [with force] all who were buying and selling [birds and animals for sacrifice] in the temple area, and He turned over the tables of the moneychangers [who made a profit exchanging foreign money for temple coinage] and the chairs of those who were selling doves [for sacrifice].
13 Jesus said to them, 'It is written [in Scripture], ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.'”
JESUS PRAYED FOR HIS APOSTLES
"but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith]." Luke 22:32
JESUS PRAYED FOR BELIEVERS
John 17:9, 20
9 "I pray for them; I do not pray for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they belong to You . . ."
20 “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message,"
"In the days of His earthly life, Jesus offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent] supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission toward God [His sinlessness and His unfailing determination to do the Father’s will]." Hebrews 5:7
JESUS SAID PRAY TO AVOID TEMPTATION
"and He said to them, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not fall into temptation.'” Luke 22:46
PRAYING IN THE NAME OF JESUS
"By stretching forth your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage." Acts 4:31
THE HOLY BIBLE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]." 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
1 "My son, if thou will receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou cries after knowledge, and lifts up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seeks her as silver, and searches for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserves the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom enters into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:"
JESUS PRAYED AFTER HIS BAPTISM
"Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, the [visible] heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, 'You are My Son, My Beloved, in You I am well-pleased and delighted!'” Luke 3:21-22
JESUS PRAYED THREE TIMES BEFORE HIS CRUCIFIXION
Matthew 26:39, 42, 44
39 "And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.'” . . .
42 "He went away a second time and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.'” . . .
44 "So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words once more."
JESUS PRAYED AT HIS LAST BREATH
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46. Thank you, Jesus, our Savior thee.
There is power in God's Word Hebrews 4:12, and His Word says that there is power in prayer. "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them." Mark 11:24
Hallelujah. Praise God. Amen.
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