Prayer is the unique and special way we are able to communicate with our heavenly Father, Jehovah. The Bible not only teaches us why we should pray, but also the things we should pray for, and how we should pray. Many people have been taught to pray with their eyes closed, heads bowed, and hands folded, but the Bible reference John 17:1 shows that Jesus looked up toward heaven when he prayed to his Father, Jehovah. Some people pray to be seen of others, but God's Son taught that prayer should be a private matter. But, there are examples of people in the Bible who prayed together.

A few examples of things a person may pray for include the Holy Spirit, understanding, forgiveness, help, and strength for one's self or for others, for the new kingdom to come, and to thank our heavenly Father for the countless gifts He has given to mankind. 1 Timothy 2:5 also shows us that God's Son is our mediator (or go-between), and that when we pray to Jehovah God, we must pray in Jesus' name (see John 16:23).

12. Prayer and How to Prayprayer

Psalm 5:1-3

Look up to God and make your request.

John 17: 1
Christ prayed looking toward God like David.

Psalm 48:1-2
God resides in the north/where to direct our prayers.

1 Timothy 2:5
Christ is the mediator in all things including prayer.

John 16:23
Ask the Father in the name of the Son.

Luke 11:9-13
Ask for the Holy Spirit.

1 John 5:14-15
Ask according to God's will.

Matthew 6:5-13
Examples of how and what to pray for and how not to pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Asking and thanking continually.

Luke 18:1-7
Be persistent in prayer to God and he will hear you.

Acts 20:35-36 and Acts 21:5
Christians praying together.

Matthew 21:22
Pray believing.

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