The relationship between God and mankind started in the Garden of Eden.
1. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26
2. You made him (man) ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet. Psalm 8:6
God made man to be god of this world, but when Adam disobeyed God by his own free will, satan became god of this world by a legal transaction, and God could not stop it. In the scripture below, what satan said to Jesus was true, and therefore a real temptation.
3. The devil led him (Jesus) up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.” Luke 4:5-6
4. The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. II Corinthians 4:4
Satan is still the god of this world, but Jesus came and provided a way for us to be rescued out of satan’s kingdom.
5. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. Colossians 1:13
Because of what Jesus did when He came and died on the cross, God can intervene for us when we pray, but without our prayers, He is limited in what He can do. Our Heavenly Father wants to answer our prayers.
6. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11
7. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
8. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14-15
There are different kinds of prayers.
(A) The Prayer of Faith - We must believe that we have what we have asked for before we see it. We can believe because we ask according to God’s will.
9. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:23-25
10. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:21-22
(B) Praying in the Holy Spirit (with Tongues) (Tongues can also be used to speak to another person a message from God in their language. The person speaking probably will not know that language.) Tongues are a spiritual gift which we can use to build up our faith, as well as pray for others and worship God.
11. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. ...To another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. I Corinthians 12:7,10b
12. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Jude 20
13. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. I Corinthians 14:14-15
(C) The Prayer of Agreement
14. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:19-20
(D) The Prayer of Intercession - which is praying for others, quite often with tongues, because we may not know what to pray for.
15. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26-27
16. 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 (Paul). Ephesians 6:18-19a
17. I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 23:30
18. Then Abraham approached him (the Lord) and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” Genesis 18:23 In this verse through verse 32, Abraham interceded for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that they would not be destroyed.
(E) Binding and Loosing
19. I (Jesus) tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18
(F) Praying against worry by casting our cares on the Lord. The Bible specifically instructs us not to worry or be fearful.
20. Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4:6 Amplified
21. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
22. Therefore I (Jesus) tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ... Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:25,27
23. Casting the whole of your care--all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all--on Him; for he cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully. I Peter 5:7 Amplified
(G) Using authority.
24. I (Jesus) have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19-20
(H) Thanksgiving and praise
25. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1
Some things the Bible says to pray for
26. I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. I Timothy 2:1-2
27. Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38
28. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. Psalm 122:6
When we pray, we are to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.
29. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24
30. Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
Some additional conditions for receiving in prayer.
31. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
32. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8
33. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins. Mark 11:25-26
34. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
35. 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. Matthew 6:5-8
Prayer: Heavenly Father, being able to pray to You is a privilege and a responsibility. Help me to hear Your voice and know Your will as to what I should pray for. Fill/refill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may pray according to Your will and purpose. Show me the most effective way to pray for the people in authority over me and for others. Help me to satisfy the conditions for effective praying so that my prayers will be answered. In Jesus’ name, amen.