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Ezk. 9. 8. And it came to pass while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?
Dan. 6. 10. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being opened in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
Dan. 9. 19. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved.
Hos. 14. 2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
Mat. 26. 39. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this up may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
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Ac. 1. 24. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Ac. 7. 59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Ac. 20. 36. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him.
1 Cor. 14. 12. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore, let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue, pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
520. How must acceptable prayer be made?
1. With love and obedience to God.
Ps. 37. 4. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.
Ps. 91. 14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:-He shall call upon me, and I will answer him.
Mat. 22. 37. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart-This is the first and great commandment.
Pr. 28. 9. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
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Jn. 9. 31. If any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Jn. 15. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
1 Jn, 3. 22. Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
2. With faith in God.
Heb. 10. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
Heb. 11. 6. Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Jam. 1. 5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
3. With submission to God.
Mat. 6. 9. After this manner therefore pray ye :Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Mat. 26. 39. Not as I will, but as thou wilt.
1 Jn. 5. 14. If we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us..
4. With humility, confession and repentance.
Lev. 26, 40. If they shall confess their iniquity,-if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept the punishment of their iniquity. Then I will remember my covenant.
2 Ch. 7. 14. if my people, which name, shall humble themselves, and
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face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Ch. 33. 12. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.
Ps. 9. 12. He forgetteth not the cry of the humble. Is. 59. 1. Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Lk. 15. 18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry.
Lk. 18. 13. God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted,
5. With disinterested and weighty arguments.
Ex. 32. 11. And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against
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thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
1 K. 18. 36. Elijah the prophet came near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, Let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God.
Ps. 143. 11. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
Is. 37. 20. Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.
Dan. 9. 17. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God; for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
6. With forgiveness towards our injurers?
Mat. 5. 24. First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Mat. 6. 9. After this manner pray ye. give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mk. 11. 25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But f
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