Psalm 141 ~ (New Revised Standard Version)
I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not turn my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with those who work iniquity;
do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Let the righteous strike me;
let the faithful correct me.
Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.
Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,
so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
But my eyes are turned toward you, O God, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I alone escape.
1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Prayer is our conversations with the Lord.
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
Prayer helps us grow in the Lord.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment
God honors people who have turned to Him, even as a last resort.
he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.
God is not the prosperity gospel, or fond of easy grace.
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
God expects us to care for each other in prayer. Jeremiah was directed not to pray for the Children of Israel, that is far from usual. Moses prayed for the people. Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer.
As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
God wants you to pray for your Church.
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.
In all and extreme situations, God wants your roller-coaster prayer.
When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
God expects us to have conversations knowing He is God. To be His creation.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
For hopeless situations, God says:
And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."
The prayer of faith, expecting God to show up:
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Letting God's will be done in our lives:
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you
Praying in community:
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
2 Corinthians 1:11
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Father God, we thank You for hearing our prayers. Thank you for answering 'no' to some of them, in time we see Your blessing. Thank You for the gifts You've given us in blessing. I am grateful today for some of the no's. Thank You, Jesus Christ, Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.