Jesse Scott Hourigan ~1996~
1 Peter 3:15 “…if anyone asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” 17 “Remember, if God wants you to suffer, it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong!”
1 Peter 4:13 “…these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterwards you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory in that coming day when it will be displayed.”
1 Peter 4:19 “So if you are suffering according to God’s will, keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you.”
1 Peter 5:10 “After you have suffered a little while, our God, who is full of kindness through Christ, will give you his eternal glory. He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever. 11 To him be all power over all things, forever and ever. Amen.”
Praying is simply communicating in relationship with our Heavenly Father. Pray from the heart, humbly, freely, spontaneously, and in your own words, song or scripture. There is no right or wrong way position to pray…standing, kneeling or bowing…eyes opened or closed, quietly or out loud—however you feel compelled.
Luke 11:1-13…Jesus teaches about prayer.
Come with a humble heart ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Come wholehearted ~ Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Don’t babble ~ Matthew 6:7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.”
Don’t be hasty ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”
Jesus taught the disciples The Lord’s Prayer is prayer to recite in Matthew 6:9-13
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Fruits of Prayer
Romans 12:12 ~ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Matthew 18:20 ~ For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Zechariah 13:9 ~ I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure, just as gold and silver are refined and purified by fire. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’
Matthew 26:41 ~ Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!
Romans 8:26-27 ~ 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.
Acts 1:14 ~ They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
Jesse posted this scripture on Facebook on October 19, 2012:
The Living Bible
141:1 “Quick, Lord, answer me – for I have prayed. Listen when I cry to you for help!
2 Regard my prayer as my evening sacrifice and as incense wafting up to you.
3 Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed.
4 Take away my lust for evil things; don’t let me want to be with sinners, doing what they do, sharing their dainties.”