Who should pray?

When I look at a particular subject, I like to ask who, what, when , why, and how.

Today, we will look at the question of who is involved in prayer, as part of a series on Prayer.

People who seek God should pray.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

God’s people should pray.

Jeremiah 33:3

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Acts 12:5

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

Revelation 8:4

The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

James 5:13-16

13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

But let’s look who else is is talking to God the Father on our behalf.

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Rom 8:26-27)

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Christ intercedes for us (Rom 8:34)

34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

So, we see that people who are seeking God should come to Him. Believers should pray. But perhaps more importantly, both the God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are interceding on our behalf.

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  1. […] should we pray? Posted on November 12, 2009 by wbmoore We looked at Who should pray, To whom should we pray, To Whom Should We NOT Pray , For What Should We Pray, Where should […]

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