"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18 KJV). This is part of Paul’s ARMOR OF GOD finale in his letter to the church at Ephesus, the ever-needful reminder to be in prayer “always.” In the Thessalonian letter, Paul called on the church to “pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:17-18).
While the early church engaged in prayer in their daily lives, we also are able to see that it was a vital part of the worship assembly in the early church, as well. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles 'doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he instructed how to “conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15, NKJV), teaching him that “men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands…” (1 Tim. 2:8). The instruction for men was given to lead those prayers and that their lives should reflect holiness “without wrath and doubting” (2:8b). As in all of our worship activities, it should be men who are leading as Paul would a few verses later give reason: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:13, 14).
With that in mind, consider that God Will Answer Our Prayers IF We:
- Are Obedient (1 John 3:22-24)
- Do The Will of the Father (John 9:31)
- Are Righteous (1 Peter 3:12)
- Abide In Christ (John 15:7)
- Ask According to Lord’s Will (1 John 5:14)
- Pray in Faith (Matthew 21:22)
- Ask In Faith (James 1:5-7)
- Have the Right Motive (James 4:3-6)
- Pray With Understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15)
- Pray Intensely (Matthew 7:7-11)
- Pray With Thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6)
- Pray in Jesus’ Name (John 14:13-14; Col. 3:17)
*The above list is found in Sain Publication’s READY REFERENCE For Growing Christians.