Lessons on How to Pray to God from Matthew 20

Prayer is a great matter in the Bible, and praying to God is one of the most precious privileges we have as believers. Many, unsure of how to pray to God, have questions like: How do I pray to God correctly? What should I say when I pray? Or, How can I pray to God effectively? It’s very understandable to have these kinds of questions, especially when we’re first saved and are just beginning to...

5 Spiritual Exercises You Can Practice through Prayer

Prayer is an essential component for believers in Christ. We begin our Christian life by praying to receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior. We also grow in our Christian life by prayer. Praying to the Lord we love and who loves us is a top blessing for us believers. Certainly prayer in the Bible is a great matter. But could we be limiting our prayer life by our own concepts about what prayer is and...

Praying God’s Word—An Unexpected Experience

A BfA staff member talks about his experience of praying with the Word of God. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul tells us to receive the Word of God “by means of all prayer” (vv. 17-18). There are certainly many ways to understand and practice this charge, and probably all are profitable. If the content of our prayer mirrors the content of God’s speaking to us in His Word, we’re probably on the...

The Urgent Need for Prayer and the Preaching of the Gospel

It seems daily we’re assailed by harrowing reports of conflict, hatred, and violence between people, both here domestically and abroad. These events are heartbreaking, disturbing, unsettling. The hatred and violence between people is proof of the fallen condition of humanity. If nothing else convinces us that we human beings are deeply sinful and need a Savior, these traumatic events should. The...

Private Prayer in an Age of Distraction

Speaking about prayer in Matthew 6:6, the Lord Jesus tells us, “But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” These words seem simple enough, and we don’t have much problem understanding what they mean. It’s in the practice that we find the difficulty. If we stop to consider...

How Is Prayer Our Spiritual Breathing?

When we heard the gospel and believed, we prayed to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and life. Afterwards, we probably continued to pray, asking God to help us in times of trouble, praying to Him on behalf of others, or asking Him for things we needed or wanted. All of these are different ways we can pray to the Lord. But what is prayer? And how do we pray according to the Bible?

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