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See also Amen; Ask; Ponder; Worship
A reverent communication with God during which a person gives thanks and asks for blessings. Prayers are addressed to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayers can be either spoken aloud or silent. A person’s thoughts may also be a prayer if they are directed to God. A song of the righteous may be a prayer to God (D&C 25:12).
The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that we must ask for in order to obtain.
We pray to the Father in Christ’s name (John 14:13–14; 16:23–24). We are truly able to pray in Christ’s name when our wishes are the wishes of Christ (John 15:7; D&C 46:30). We then ask for things that are right and thus possible for God to grant (3 Ne. 18:20). Some prayers remain unanswered because they in no way represent Christ’s desire but spring instead out of the selfishness of man (James 4:3; D&C 46:9). Indeed, if we ask God for unrighteous things, it will turn to our condemnation (D&C 88:65).
Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord, Gen. 4:26.
At the place of the altar, Abraham called on the name of the Lord, Gen. 13:4.
Abraham’s servant prayed for help in finding a wife for Isaac, Gen. 24:10–19.
God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you, 1 Sam. 12:23.
The Lord heareth the prayer of the righteous, Prov. 15:29.
Ye shall find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart, Jer. 29:12–13.
Pray for them which despitefully use you, Matt. 5:44 (Luke 6:28; 3 Ne. 12:44).
Pray to thy Father which is in secret, Matt. 6:5–8 (3 Ne. 13:5–8).
After this manner therefore pray ye, Matt. 6:9–13 (Luke 11:2; 3 Ne. 13:9).
Ask, and it shall be given you, Matt. 7:7 (3 Ne. 14:7; D&C 4:7; 6:5; 66:9).
Jesus went up into a mountain apart to pray, Matt. 14:23.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, Matt. 26:41 (Mark 14:38; 3 Ne. 18:15–18; D&C 31:12).
Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, James 1:5–6 (D&C 42:68; 46:7).
The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, James 5:16.
Hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, 2 Ne. 32:8–9.
I cried unto him in mighty prayer, Enos 1:4.
I have fasted and prayed many days, Alma 5:45–46 (Alma 26:22).
They had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting, Alma 17:3.
Do ye remember what Zenos said concerning prayer or worship, Alma 33:3.
Humble yourselves, and continue in prayer, Alma 34:18–27.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, Alma 37:37.
Ye must always pray unto the Father in my name, 3 Ne. 18:19–20.
Pray in your families, 3 Ne. 18:21.
Jesus prayed unto the Father, 3 Ne. 19:31–34 (John 17; 3 Ne. 18:16).
He commanded them that they should not cease to pray in their hearts, 3 Ne. 20:1.
If he shall pray and not with real intent of heart, it profiteth him nothing, Moro. 7:6–9.
Do not ask for that which you ought not, D&C 8:10.
Pray always, that you may come off conqueror, D&C 10:5.
I command thee that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart, D&C 19:28.
The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith, D&C 42:14.
Go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments, D&C 59:9 (Matt. 21:13).
Parents shall teach their children to pray, D&C 68:28.
The Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, D&C 101:7–8 (Mosiah 21:15).
Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall give thee answer to thy prayers, D&C 112:10.
Adam was commanded to call upon God in the name of the Son, Moses 5:8.
The Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith in answer to his prayer, JS—H 1:11–20.
“Prayer meetings were the arteries of the early church. Through them, life-sustaining power was derived. The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-o-meter, and from it, we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God is near a church, it must pray. And if He is not there, one of dying first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!” Charles Haddon Spurgeon
When is the last time you prayed for your church body? What about your pastor? Staff? Leadership? Have you prayed for your Sunday School teacher? Have you interceded on behalf of issues taking place in your church or decisions that need to be made?
Our churches are under the attack of the enemy like never before. Our leaders and each of our brothers and sisters in Christ need our prayers. We are the Body of Christ and we must lift one another up! Let’s use these prayers for the church – both your local church and those around the world.
A Prayer for Good to Prevail over Evil
“‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:20
Lord, what the enemy means for evil against our church body, we believe You can use for good. Remind our hearts of this. When we are being attacked and crushed from all sides, remind us of Your faithfulness to use everything for Your good and Your glory. May we not fear but trust in Your provision for our church family. May we not only be readers of Your Word but believers and doers. Increase our faith, Lord.
A Prayer for Unity as a Church Body
“I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
God, help our church body to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given us. Help us in all our interactions with one another to have humble and gentle hearts. Grant us patience for one another, bearing with one another in love. Grant the Body of Christ unity. May we walk humbly with You, God, allowing You to show us our wrongs.
A Prayer to Seek the Lord
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Lord, You have told us in Your Word that You hear our prayers. We are crying out to You, we are humbling ourselves before You and seeking Your face. We come together as a church body to seek You. We repent and turn from our wicked ways, thank You for hearing us. Thank you for Your forgiveness and healing.
A Prayer to Pursue Peace
“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:19
Father God, You desire peace and unity and encouragement for our body of believers. Help us, Lord, to pursue what makes for peace and for building one another up. To pursue the things You will lead to peace and unity. Give us discerning hearts to know Your will and give us the courage to be obedient. Lord, we know that without You and Your Holy Spirit indwelling each of us, we cannot do any of these things. But, with You and for Your glory, grant our body peace and unity.
A Prayer to Follow Jesus
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
Lord, You have given us what seems like an impossible task with this passage. You have asked us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow You. Even when our spirits are willing, the flesh is weak. You know our hearts, Father. Help us, with Your Holy Spirit, to examine our hearts and hear from You. The longer we walk with You, the more we look like You. We desire to become more and more like You, less selfish and more selfless, willing to deny ourselves in any and all situations. You have told us that when we lose our life for Your sake, we will save it. Save us from ourselves, God.
As we lift up these words for our churches, let us come before God with humility and a willingness to obey. Let us put others first and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we seek God first, putting aside our own desires. May we become intercessors for our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we pray more and criticize less. May we be encouragers and uplifters.
Candace Crabtree is just a broken mama thankful for grace and new mercies every morning. She and her husband live in East Tennessee where they homeschool their 3 kids. Candace also enjoys teaching piano, coffee, good books and blogging at His Mercy Is New. On her blog, she shares encouragement for weary women from God’s Word along with resources for learning to pray the Scriptures.
Publication date: July 7, 2016
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