continue to study the subject of prayer, the following
questions may arise in the minds of many believers:
‘Why should I pray at all if I am only praying for God’s
will to be done? Cannot God do, and will not God do as
He purposes to do anyways? Why does He need my prayers
to bring about His will and purpose?’ The simplest
answer to these questions, would be of course—because
God wants us to pray, and we are told to pray. However,
beyond that, there are deeper reasons why we need to
pray. Although God can, and does do “according to his
will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of
the earth,” He nevertheless gave to man a certain
dominion over this earth, which God has never rescinded.
Just as He assigned to the angels certain
responsibilities, and bequeaved to them a measure of
dominion and control in the spiritual realm, even so He
did to man in the natural world. God’s creation is not
some huge version of the popular computer program
where the player designs his own world, and the images
of the people are completely controlled by
computerization. God gave men and angels a real part in
all that is happening in His creation. He gave them real
dominion, real control, and the ability to make real
choices and decisions about the realm in which they
live. These bequeavements were “without repentance”—which
means that God does not take back, nor usurp control
over those areas under His creature’s dominion; even if
they are not using them for His glory. Lucifer was given
certain powers, gifts, and abilities that He still uses
in his battle against God. Man was given dominion
“over all the earth”; and he still has that dominion
in his fallen state—even though he has not brought glory
to God by what he has done with the earth.
Dan 4:35 And all the
inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and
he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven,
and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can
stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over
the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and
the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of
thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and
whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Heb 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying,
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the
son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou
crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set
him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his
feet. For in that he put all in subjection under
him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now
we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory
and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste
death for every man.
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels
standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the
four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow
on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east,
having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a
loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to
hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the
trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in
Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel
come down from heaven, having great power; and the
earth was lightened with his glory.
Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are
Sam 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not
lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should
Eze 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the
king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and
perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every
precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and
the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the
sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared
in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I
have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain
of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the
stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that
thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have
filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast
sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering
cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy
brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will
lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his
angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought
and his angels,
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the
earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was
corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the
we can already hear the charge by many of how we have
contradicted ourselves. We have said previously that God
is in complete control of even the minutest details of
our lives; and here we say that men and angels have a
measure of control over their own sphere of influence.
However, both statements are true. God’s power and
wisdom are so awesome that He is able to work in,
around, and through every action that even evil men and
angels may do; in order to bring about His ultimate
glory and purpose. In the supreme act of sinful men and
demons against God, they crucified Jesus; and in God’s
supreme act of love and mercy toward sinful men, He
purposed that they do so. Fallen men and angels were all
permitted to have their will and way with Christ, and
God did not intervene—but why? Because it was already
His plan and purpose that His Son die for sinful men
upon the tree. Neither were these sinful men and demons
driven to do this cruel act by God’s control over
them—because had they known God’s purpose, “they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Therefore, they had control over what they did, but they
were ignorant of, and were not in control of what God
Acts 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast
said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine
26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers
were gathered together against the Lord, and against his
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom
thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with
the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel
determined before to be done.
Pet 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by tradition from your
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation
of the world, but was manifest in these last times
Cor 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are
perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the
princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the
hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto
8 Which none of
the princes of this world knew: for had they known it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
then, what of prayer? How does it fit into the eternal
purposes of God, and at the same time take into
consideration man’s freedom and dominion over the earth?
To begin with, when God gave man this dominion, they
walked together, and communed together as Father and
son. Man was meant to have this union with his Creator,
to seek out, and to submit to His perfect wisdom and
will in all that he did. God gave to man a great
responsibility, and man needed his Creator God to help
and to guide him. The reason this world is in such a
mess today is that man has tried to run his life and
this world without God. As sinners, we came to believe
that we didn’t need God; and we don’t want God to
interfere with our affairs—unless of course we are
dying, or are in some great calamity. However, the
purpose of prayer was to be much greater than a call to
the heavenly emergency hotline. Prayer was given to man
as the means to ask God to intervene for us, to help us,
to work on our behalf, and to give us wisdom and
understanding. God has always worked through men who
have yielded themselves to Him, and who have prayed for
God’s will to be done in this earth. To be sure, it is
God who came to such men as Abraham, Samuel, and Paul
the Apostle, revealed Himself to them, prepared them for
His service, revealed to them His will, and gave them a
desire to pray for His will to be done. In all of this
however, man’s will was never violated, nor was his
dominion ever usurped by God.
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which
he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine
a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away
their cords from us.
Gen 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son;
and he called his name Enos: then began men to call
upon the name of the LORD.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto
God, as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God.
Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, as in
heaven, so in earth.
Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get
thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from
thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Sam 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple
of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was
laid down to sleep;
4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered,
Here am I.
Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and
slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto
the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the
synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether
they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and
suddenly there shined round about him a light from
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying
unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I
am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to
kick against the pricks.
6 And he
trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have
me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into
the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Acts 9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus,
named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision,
Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the
street which is called Straight, and inquire in the
house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for,
behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias
coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might
receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of
this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to
bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is
a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the
Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must
suffer for my name's sake.
Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated
me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him
among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with
flesh and blood:
David was a prime example of how God works through the
prayers of men. God had already prepared David’s heart
as a young shepherd boy who watched his father’s sheep.
In those days God would reveal Himself to David, and
would give David a great love for God and faith in God.
Later, God Himself would say of David, “I have found
David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart,
which shall fulfil all my will.” God later took
David from being a shepherd boy and made him King over
all of Israel—under whom that nation reached its zenith
of power. God’s greatest work however, was to reveal to
David His will in the sending of His Son, the Lord
Jesus, through David’s linage. As David had pondered
building a Temple for the Ark of God to dwell in, God
revealed to him how the Son of David would build the
Father’s true house of worship; and that He would reign
as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” forever and
ever. David then began to pray for God’s will to be
done, just as He had spoken to him; and God of course,
was pleased to answer David’s prayer.
Sam 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt
thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from
reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go,
I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I
have provided me a king among his sons.
4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came
to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his
coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto
the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the
sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and
called them to the sacrifice.
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he
looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is
7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his
countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I
have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD
looketh on the heart.
10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass
before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath
not chosen these.
11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy
children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest,
and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto
Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till
he come hither.
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy,
and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to
look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for
this is he.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed
him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of
the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So
Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
Acts 13:21 And afterward they desired a king: and God
gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe
of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them
David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony,
and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man
after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his
promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
Sam 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his
father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and
took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and
delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against
me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this
uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing
he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover,
The LORD that delivered me
out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the
bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this
Sam 7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his
house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from
all his enemies;
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I
dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in
thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of
the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD,
Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time
that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt,
even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the
children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes
of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel,
saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant
David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from
the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler
over my people, over Israel:
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest,
and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and
have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the
great men that are in the earth.
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel,
and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of
their own, and move no more; neither shall the children
of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be
over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from
all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he
will make thee an house.
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep
with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee,
which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will
establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will
stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If
he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of
men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I
took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be
established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be
established for ever.
17 According to all these words, and according to
all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and
he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house,
that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord
GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house
for a great while to come. And is this the manner of
man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord
GOD, knowest thy servant.
21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own
heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make
thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there
is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee,
according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people,
even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people
to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you
great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy
people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from
the nations and their gods?
24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel
to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art
become their God.
25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast
spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house,
establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying,
The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the
house of thy servant David be established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast
revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an
house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to
pray this prayer unto thee.
28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy
words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the
house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever
before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and
with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be
blessed for ever.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of
this world: if my kingdom were of this world,
then would my servants fight, that I should not be
delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king
then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To
this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the
world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice
Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white
horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and
True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head
were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man
knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon
white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with
it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them
with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name
written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus, as a son of man, was God’s greatest instrument of
prayer when He walked this earth; and He is still God’s
greatest instrument as He intercedes in heaven. His life
on this earth was a life that was devoted to prayer. He
was always seeking His Father’s face, always praying for
God’s will to be done. Everything He did was the
Father’s perfect will, because His whole life was
dedicated to knowing, praying for, and doing the will of
God. As a man, He had the right to ask God to intervene
in this world; as a man, He depended upon God’s
intervention; and yet as the God-man, His every prayer
was heard, because He always prayed according to God’s
revealed will, for He was the Word made flesh.
Matt 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away,
he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when
the evening was come, he was there alone.
Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days,
that he went out into a
mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that
died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at
the right hand of God,
who also maketh
intercession for us.
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to
make intercession for them.
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place
where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes,
and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but
because of the people which stand by I said it, that
they may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear,
I judge: and my judgment is just;
because I seek not mine
own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven,
not to do mine own will,
but the will of him that sent me.
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye
sought me? wist
ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt
among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
to be through Jesus, who truly is a son of man, that the
bottled up prayers of all of God’s saints will be
answered. Through Him, the cries of suffering and the
prayers of His people for retribution will finally be
heard. The prayers of the martyrs, those that have been
persecuted by ungodly men, those saints who, because of
their faith in God, have endured untold agonies, will at
last come up before God. It is because Jesus prevailed
upon this earth—living the life of a perfect man, and
dying the perfect sacrificial death for His people; that
when the time comes for the final out-pouring of God’s
judgment upon this world of men—He alone will be able to
open the seven-sealed book; and this He can do, not just
because He is truly a man, but because He is the only
man without fault—a perfect man who can pray for, and
loose this final judgment.
Rev 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on
the throne a book written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud
voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose
the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the
earth, was able to open the book, neither to look
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy
to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:
behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of
David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the
seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne
and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders,
stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns
and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent
forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of
him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having
every one of them harps,
and golden vials full of
odours, which are the prayers of saints
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar,
having a golden censer; and there was given unto him
much incense, that he should offer it with the
prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was
before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense,
which came with the
prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the
has chosen to act upon this world through prayer; and
much of what He does upon this earth is the result of
prayer. Therefore, God is hearing the prayers and cries
of every man, women, boy, and girl, both living and
departed. He is hearing the cries of the aborted babies
as they are cruelly torn from their mother’s wombs by
the doctors of death. He is hearing the cries of the
aged as they are lying upon their death bed. He is
hearing the groanings of this earth and of the creatures
that He loves. He is hearing the prayers of the saints
and the prayers of the sinners, the voices of the Holy
Angels and the voices of demons. No cry has ever escaped
His ear; no prayer has ever been forgotten; and He hears
and considers all them together corporally, and each one
of them separately—according to His own will and
purpose. He purposes for some prayers to be prayed by
His saints to carry out the will of God; and He moves
others to stop praying so that His will may be done. He
opens His heart to the prayers of His children, and He
closes it to those who reject His goodness. He
sovereignly chooses which prayers He will hear and
answer, and which ones He will not—to accomplish His
purpose and bring about His glory.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth
and travaileth in pain together until now.
Job 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when
his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw
under the altar the souls of them that were slain for
the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How
long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and
avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with
the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not
bring against him a railing accusation,
but said, The Lord rebuke
Matt 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into
the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two
possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs,
exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have
we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou
come hither to torment us before the time?
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of
many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou
cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of
32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come
out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the
whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place
into the sea, and perished in the waters.
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up
cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to
me: for I will not hear thee.
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up
a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in
the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
Psa 34:15 The
eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears
are open unto their cry.
Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that
it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and
your God, and
your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
the question of why God’s people should pray—we pray
because God has ordained for us to pray. He works in us
to pray. We serve Him by praying; and He works through
our prayers for His “kingdom” to “come”
and His “will” to
“be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Tim 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Phil 2:13 For it
is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of
his good pleasure.
Luke 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the
daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a
great age, and had lived with an husband seven years
from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four
years, which departed not from the temple, but served
God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness,
whom I serve with my
spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I
make mention of you always in my prayers;
Sam 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I
should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you:
but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Matt 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.