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Prayer is a Duty

Christians are charged to be able to clearly explain their faith, and to be prepared at any time to do so… But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. — 1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV In the spirit of this command, we will present a series of questions and answers with regard to the basis in Scripture for prayer, why we pray, how we pray, and various aspects of prayer. To be sure, there are many Scripture passages that we might choose, so we will offer some for your consideration. We will begin today with why we pray... Question: How do we prove from Scripture that prayer is our duty? Answer: Jesus Christ tells us that we should always pray and not faint… Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show the

Psalm 85 - A Prayer for Mercy

[To the chief Musician; A Psalm for the sons of Korah] 1 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. 2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. 3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. 4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. 5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? 6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. 8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the