We have examples in the Scripture of praying for those in sickness that they may be healed. This involves too the continuance of life. We are to pray for our daily bread, to pray for wisdom, to pray for power to control our evil tempers and unholy passions, to pray that we may be kept from temptation, from the persecution of evil men, that our brethren may be delivered from evil and evil men, and we are to pray that our own sins and the sins of our brethren may be forgiven.
We are to pray that the Gospel may have free course and be glorified, that an opening may be given to those who preach the Gospel.
We are to pray for rulers and for all who are in authority, that Christians may be enabled to lead lives of godliness in peace and quiet. They are to pray to be kept back from sin. They are taught to pray that it shall rain when season of drought and blight fall upon the land.
We are to pray for the Spirit of God. We are to pray for wisdom. In old times they prayed that God would give neither riches nor poverty, but such things as would keep His servants from harassment or care, or want, or temptations of great riches.
We believe such prayers ought to be fervently and earnestly made now and our lives made to harmonize with the prayers. These occur to us as we write, and with more thought and Scripture examination it might be indefinitely extended.
We will venture the assertion, it is the right and duty of every Christian to pray for any and everything for which he can work. He ought to labor in no calling or object in which and for the attainment of which he cannot pray.
The true objects of prayer are many. The great difficulty in prayer is in praying with the true design or spirit and in praying in faith and in keeping ourselves in such condition that God will hear and answer our prayers.
All our prayers ought to be presented in the spirit of which the Savior prayed. Our petitions ought to be made in the spirit, that we desire them answered if according to the will of God. That is, our wishes ought to be held in strict subservience to the will of God.
God somethings fails to answer the prayers of his dearest children. This is no evidence that those prayers are not heard or are offensive to God.
–Adapted from David Lipscomb
Gospel Advocate, Oct. 19, 1871, p. 963f.
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18.1
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12.12
“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints….” Ephesians 6.17,18
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.“ Philippians 4.6
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5.14-15