9 Things To Know About Prayer
Do you know how many prayers are mentioned in the Bible (and how many were answered)? Hereís the answer to that question and other things you should know about the prayer in the Bible.
1. There are 650 prayers listed in the Bible.
2. There are approximately 450 recorded answers to prayer in the Bible.
3. The first time prayer is mentioned in the Bible is Genesis 4:26 (earlier dialogues were initiated directly by God, e.g., Genesis 3:8-13, Genesis 4:9).
4. The Bible records Jesus praying 25 different times during his earthly ministry.
5. In the Bible, Paul mentions prayer (prayers, prayer reports, prayer requests, exhortations to pray), 41 times.
6. Although prayer can (and should) be done from any bodily position, the Bible lists five specific postures:
CSitting (2 Sam 7:18),
CStanding (Mark 11:25),
CKneeling (Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60, 9:40, 20:36, 21:5; Ephesians 3:14),
CWith oneís face to the ground (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:35),
CWith hands lifted up (1 Timothy 2:8).
7. In Jesus model prayer (commonly known as The Lordís Prayer) for how his disciples should pray (Luke 11:1-4), he provides five areas of focus:
CGodís name be honored Ė the focus on his everlasting glory ("Father, hallowed be your name")
CGodís kingdom come Ė the focus on his eternal will ("your kingdom come");
CGodís provision is given Ė the focus on our present ("Give us each day our daily bread.");
CGodís forgiveness is granted Ė the focus on our past (Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.);
CGodís deliverance will be provided Ė the focus on our future.
8. The Bible lists at least nine main types of prayer:
CPrayer of faith (James 5:15),
CPrayer of agreement (also known as corporate prayer) (Acts 2:42),
CPrayer of request (also known as petition or supplication) (Philippians 4:6),
CPrayer of thanksgiving (Psalm 95:2-3),
CPrayer of worship (Acts 13:2-3),
CPrayer of consecration (also known as dedication) (Matthew 26:39),
CPrayer of intercession (1 Timothy 2:1),
CPrayer of imprecation (Psalms 69),
CPraying in the Spirit ( 1 Corinthians 14:14-15).
9. The word "Amen" (which means "let it be, "so be it," "verily," "truly") makes its first appearance in the Bible in Numbers 5:22. In that passage God commands it to be said by a person who is yielding to his examination.
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