Church of the Holy Apostles

Apostle Rob Taylor Administrator

THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER PART 2.

We must pray like Epaphras, that we "may stand perfect and complete in the will of God" (Colossians 4:12).  We must pray as did Paul for the Thessalonians, that "all the saints may be sanctified  wholly" (I Thessalonians 5:23).  We must emulate the apostle's example when he prayed for the elders and church at Ephesus, that they might be kept from error and evil, and kept in the grace of God (Acts 20:36).      We must pray as the apostles did when it ncame to the election of dracons, that they might be qualified by the Holy Spirit for the service of the Lord (Acts 6:6).  We must pray as the Church did for Peter, that he might escape from his prison (Acts 12:5).  Our prayers can liberate many (Acts 12:5).  Our prayers can liberate many from their prison-house of difficulties.  We must pray as Peter and John did for the believers at Ephesus, that they might receive the Holy Spirit (Acts b8:15), and as the Church at Antioch did for Paul and Barnabas, that they might be blessed of the Lord (Acts 13:3).  We find, as we study our Lord's prayer habits, that He prayed before and after the great events of His life.  He prayed before He made the choice of those who were to become His disciples and perpetuate His teaching.  Christ also prayed after some of crises of Hid life.  He prayed after His great works were accomplished in order that their spiritual value might be assured and fixed.  Jesus taught us:  He taught nus thatn prayer must be accompanied by faith (Matt. 21: 21-22).  He taught us that prayer must be offered in His Name (John 16:23).  He taught us to pray simply, God does not answer prayer according to our intelligence, but according to His own (Matt.6:6).  He taught us to pray in secret (Matt. 6:6). He taught us to pray persistently. (Luke 11:9; Luke 11:5-8).  He taught us to pray in all humility (Luke 18:9-14).  He taught us to pray concious that we are right with others (Matt. 6:14-15).  Saints never stop praying!    All Credit to: All the Doctrines of the Bible by Lockyer.