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For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible
(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover
Lesson 9 - What About Prayer? Part II. Cont'd.(Text Version)
Where Should We Pray? (Cont'd.)
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- A solitary place. Mark 1:35 says that Jesus went "into a solitary place and there prayed.
- In your closet. Jesus said (Matthew 6:6), "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
- The housetop. "Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour" (Acts 10:9).
- An upper room. "When they were come in, they went up into an upper room...These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication..." (Acts 1:13 -14).
- In your house. Cornelius. "I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing" (Acts 10:30).
- In jail. 'At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God.- and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake..." (Acts 16:25-26).
- By a river side. "And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted there" (Acts 16:13).
- On a mountain. "He took Peter and John and James and went up into a mountain to pray" (Luke 9:28).
How Often Should We Pray
- Three times a day. The prophet Daniel prayed three times a-day. "Daniel... went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and he prayed, and gave thanks before his God..." (Daniel 6:10).
- Three times a day. King David prayed three times a day- "Evening and morning and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice" (Psalm 55:17).
- Always. "He (Jesus) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). See also Ephesians 6:18.
- Without ceasing. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- In time of trouble. "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me" (Psalm 50:15).
- When sick or afflicted. "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray...Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:13-14).
What Is The Proper Position For Praying?
- On your face. Jesus did. "And He (Jesus) went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will" (Matthew 16:39).
- Kneeling. "And he (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed Peter kneeled down. "Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed..." (Acts 9:40). Daniel kneeled down upon his knees. (Daniel 6:10). Elijah "cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees" (1 Kings 18:42). See also Acts 20:36.
- Standing. "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner" (Luke 18:13).
- Standing with hands spread to heaven. "Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven" (1 Kings 8:22).
- Lifting up holy hands to the Lord. "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting" (1 Timothy 2:8).
- Lying in bed. King Hezekiah was sick in bed. "Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, and said..." (Isaiah 38:2). David in Psalm 63:6, "When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches."
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