Jesus instructs how to pray
Matthew. 6:5-13 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray; Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.”
Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
Mark 14:38 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Luke 11:1-4 “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘ Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, “When you pray, say your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Luke 21:36 “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 22:40 “On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ he withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed” 46 “Why are you sleeping?’ He asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Notice the pattern?
Jesus not only went away privately to pray, but he also teaches people to do it that way in Matthew 6. As Jesus demonstrated, we ought to pray for our spiritual condition and how to better serve, trust, grow with, and represent God. Spiritual wisdom and strength, to act according to God's will in the face of suffering, is a common prayer of Jesus and his disciples.
Traditional and customary prayers
We ought to pray more often like Jesus did and taught. Praying to fit in with the group could be missing the mark. Praying because of a certain time or place could also be missing the mark. It is essential for our spiritual development to pray with truth, sincerity, and love. Prayer is a personal communication with God that ought to not be trivialized by customs or traditions. Instead, it ought to have depth and passion, not in appearance, but in feeling. Do we love God with all our heart, all our mind, all our strength, and all our soul when we pray?
"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out." Alcoholics Anonymous, p96
When we pray for guidance it helps us place our minds and hearts it that direction. Our minds and hearts ought to continually be inclined to God's goodness, ways, path, statutes, commands, desires, and purpose.
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2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Colossians 4:2-6 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Philemon 1:6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
Hebrews 13:18-21 “Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Ephesians 1:16 “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
Romans 15:31-33 “Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Jesus Prays John 17:1-26 “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you (God). For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one; I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Ephesians 6:18-20 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
What does it mean "In his name"
Jeremiah 23:6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Luke 1:49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.
In someone's name - definition
1. formally registered as belonging to or reserved for someone.
"the house was in her name"
2. on behalf of someone.
"he began to question what had been done in his name"
Luke 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
John 20:31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Acts 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
In the 'Name' of Jesus:
"What does "in someone's (anyone's) name" mean? It means to act by proxy, on the authority of something or someone greater than yourself. It's a concept that our culture has kind of lost, though it still exists as a storytelling trope. When a medieval herald reads a proclamation "in the name of the king," or a cop yells at a fleeing thief to "stop in the name of the law!" this is what they mean. It's a convenient shorthand for "I'm not just saying this of myself; I'm speaking with the authority of a higher power."
So how does this apply to acting (and praying) in the name of Christ? It means to act in his place. To pray in the name of Jesus is to pray what Jesus would pray if he were in your position. When we understand this in the context of Christ as the Perfect Man and our Exemplar, it means to pray for the right things, to seek the will of God and not our own desires. And whatever we ask the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, that will be given to us." http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/4408/what-does-it-mean-to-pray-in-jesus-name
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Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 41:5 My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”
Psalm 66:2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.
Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
Psalm 69:36 Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.
Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.
Psalm 76:1 In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.
Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96:8 Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 105:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 106:8 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known.
Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.
Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
Proverbs 21:24 A proud and haughty man— “Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
1 Samuel 25:25 Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.
When we do something in God's name then it is probably done in accordance with who God is and what God desires. Love, sincerity, truth, justice, impartial, forgiving, merciful, compassionate, bold, gentle, peaceful, and patient. With and for such character it could be best to pray.