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Ac. 1. 24. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression sell, that he might go to his own place.
Ac. 7. 59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Ac. 20. 36. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him.
1 Cor. 14. 12. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore, !et him that speaketh in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
520. How must acceptable prayer be made ?
Ps. 37. 4. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.
Ps. 91. 14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:–He shall call upon me, and I will answer him.
Mat. 22. 37. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart—This is the first and great commandment.
Pr. 28. 9. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
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Jn. 9. 31. If any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Jn. 15. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
i Jn, 3. 22. Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
2. With faith in God.
Heb. 10. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
Heb. 11. 6. 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.
Jam, 1.5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
3. With submission to God.
Mat. 6. 9. After this manner therefore pray ye :Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Mat. 26. 39. Not as I will, but as thou wilt.
1 Jn. 5. 14. If we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.. 4. With humility, confession and repentance.
Lev. 26. 40. If they shall consess their iniquity,-if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity. Then I will remember my covenant.
2 Ch. 7. 14. if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
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face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Ch. 33. 12. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.
Ps. 9. 12. He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
Is. 59. 1. Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Lk. 15. 18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring bither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry.
Lk. 18. 13. God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted,
5. With disinterested and weighty arguments.
Ex. 32. 11. And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against
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TK. 18. 36. Elijah the prophet came near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, Let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God.
Ps. 143. 11. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
Is. 37. 20. Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.
Dan. 9. 17. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God; for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
6. Wit' forgiveness towards our injurers ?
Mat. 5. 24. First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gist.
Mat. 6. 9. After this manner pray ye. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mk. 11. 25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if
ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Lk. 23. 34. Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do.
7. With importunity and perseverance ? . Gen. 32. 24. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him, until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh: and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh: And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Is. 62, 6. Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Lk. 11. 5. And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves: For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set betore him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Lk. 18. 1. Men ought always to pray, and not to faint. 5. Because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge ber, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 7. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Rom. 12. 12. Continuing instant in prayer.
Gal. 6. 9. Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.
Ep. 6. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.