Furthermore, in continuing to look at the need for
prayer, what other ways does prayer affect our lives?
God answers prayer to bring healing to the body, soul,
and spirit of man. Our Heavenly Father is concerned
about the whole being of His children. He made provision
for their healing in the chastening and sacrifice of His
Son. Jesus “took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses,” “and with his stripes we are healed.”
All healing comes from God. It may come through
medicines which He created in the minerals and plants of
this earth. Healing may come through doctors and
scientists to whom He has given wisdom; or it may come
by a miraculous answer to prayer that is unexplainable
by human reasoning. Jesus healed mental sickness,
blindness, deafness, fevers, and diseases of all sorts.
He restored limbs that were eaten away with leprosy, and
even restored life to the dead. Although these miracles
were meant to bear witness of who He was, nonetheless,
it was His compassion that moved Him to heal. Because He
is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for
ever,” we can have the assurance that He is
concerned about us also. Nothing is beyond His ability
to do, if we will but believe His Word and pray.
Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
Matt 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he
saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her:
and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many
that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the
spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it
might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare
Matt 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude,
there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and
sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and
oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could
not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and
perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how
long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out
of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said,
Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus
said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I
say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to
yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and
Matt 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way
side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried
out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of
31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should
hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said,
What will ye that I shall do unto you?
33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be
34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched
their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight,
and they followed him.
Heb 13:8 Jesus
Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
believer is sick, we are told to “call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the Lord”; and God’s promise
is that “the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and
the Lord shall raise him up.” Most believers
however, are too sophisticated to take this promise
literally. They say that while they believe in prayer,
the anointing with oil is not necessary because it is
only symbolic of the Holy Spirit’s work. While it may be
true that oil does represent the Holy Spirit in the
Scriptures, and He is the one who does the healing,
however, to try and reason away what we are specifically
told to do is pride and unbelief. We can be sure that
James, who wrote these verses, and dealt with many
down to earth issues in his Epistle, knew the
symbolism concerning oil. If he dealt with so many
practical issues in his Epistle, why would he change
course, and insert something that is impractical
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed
sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another,
and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much.
are others although, on the opposite end of the
spectrum, who would say that it is God’s will to heal
all sickness and disease, denying the plain Scriptural
evidence to the contrary. As we have already studied
throughout this book, pain and suffering, sickness and
disease, accidents and disasters, are a part of God’s
dealing in the lives of His people. The Apostle Paul
himself was denied healing after repeated prayers; to
whom the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Prayer
in itself does not do anything, nor does prayer control
God, or make God do anything. Prayer only gives us
access to the Sovereign God; who chooses what He will do
and what He will not do; who He chooses to heal, and who
He chooses not to heal. We need to accept His will in
all things; but He also tells us to pray, and keep on
praying until His will is made known to us.
Cor 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure
through the abundance of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan
to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me
Sam 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed,
and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came
into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came
to his own house; and when he required, they set bread
before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this
that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the
child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead,
thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I
fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD
will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I
bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall
not return to me.
also supplies all of our other needs through prayer.
While most of us may think only of material things that
have to do with this life—food, clothing, shelter, money
for bills, transportation, etc, which things are
important to us, and “your heavenly Father knoweth
that ye have need of all these things”—God is also
concerned with the intangible aspects of our lives. We
need times of rest and restoration; we need peace in the
midst of storms; and we need patience in tribulation. We
need companionship, fellowship, a godly spouse to be our
friend, lover, helper, and father or mother to our
children. We need wisdom in raising our children, wisdom
to run our companies, or to do our jobs, and wisdom to
deal with all the situations of life that will come up.
There is nothing too inconsequential, or trivial that we
should not pray about, or that God is not concerned
about in our lives. Any of you that have children, even
if they have grown to adulthood, and possibly have
families of their own, are you not concerned about
everything that goes on in their lives? Does God love
us any less than we love our children, or is He less
concerned about us than we are of our children? Let us
offer up to God our every need, and even those things
which we want or desire; and God shall
“supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered
him up for us all,
how shall he not with him
also freely give us all things?
Matt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life
more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the
lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his
glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?
or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of
all these things.
33 But seek
ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths
of righteousness for his name's sake.
Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the
waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on
a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him,
Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose,
and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be
still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is
it that ye have no faith?
Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer;
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of
God, that giveth to all men liberally, and
upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Phil 4:6 Be
careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.
Phil 4:19 But my
God shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.
Prayer is the means by which we are brought into the
presence of God, and it reveals our relationship with
Him. It is the most intimate way that we experience
fellowship with the Heavenly Father. Just as close
friends, sweethearts, and spouses can sit for hours and
talk, sharing the most intimate details of their lives,
so the time we spend in prayer, and the spirit by which
we pray, reveal our closeness to God and how much we
truly love Him. Do we find it hard to spend time in
prayer? Is our prayer mechanical, more of a ritual than
a conversation? Is it void of any real sense of being in
God’s presence? Do we pray having no feelings towards
God or about what we are praying for? Then that betrays
the coldness in our hearts towards God. We have only to
look at the prayer life of Jesus—the amount of time that
He spent in prayer, the intimacy that He expressed
toward His Father, the intense feelings, the times of
great agony, and also the times of great ecstasy—to see
the shallowness of our own prayers. His whole life was
consumed with prayer because He knew the importance of
it, and because He longed to be in the presence of His
Heavenly Father. I am sure that all of us have been
where public prayer was being offered by some saint of
God; and as we listened to their prayer, we ourselves
were carried into the presence of God. We said to
ourselves, ‘This man’ or ‘this woman knows
something about real prayer. They have a real, intimate
relationship with God’; and we had no doubt that the
ear of the Father was listening to their every word.
Matt 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax
John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world.
If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.
Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more
earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops
of blood falling down to the ground.
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his
eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;
glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that
he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished
the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own
self with the glory which I had with thee before the
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou
gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou
hast given me are of thee.
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest
me; and they have received them, and have known surely
that I came out from thee, and they have believed that
thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for
them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am
glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in
the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep
through thine own name those whom thou hast given me,
that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them
in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and
none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the
scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in
the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated
them, because they are not of the world, even as I am
not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the
world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I
also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also
might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also
which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that
the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given
them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou
hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast
given me, be with me where I am; that they may
behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou
lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:
but I have known thee, and these have known that thou
hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will
declare it: that
the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them,
and I in them.
Pet 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the
righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
Furthermore, God uses prayer to give us insight into His
Holy Word. The Bible is a spiritual book, in that
“holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost.” It is therefore, not “of any private
interpretation”; meaning that men, of their own
resources, cannot interpret its spiritual message—“the
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God.” Only believers have the spiritual eyes with
which to read and understand the real message. We
have the indwelling Holy Spirit, who can and must teach
us, and show to us the things of Christ. However, as
with all things that come from God we need to pray,
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things
out of thy law.” We must ask for God to
“instruct” us, “and teach” us “the way
which” we should “go”; and to show us
“great and mighty things, which” we know “not,”
out of His Word.
Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the
scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will
of man: but holy
men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things
of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto
him: neither can
he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Matt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear.
Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the
world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might
know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words
which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost
teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall
give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither
knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is
come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall
not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore
said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a
little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the
Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard
it, do not cease
to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled
with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
Psa 119:18 Open
thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of
Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the
way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine
Jer 33:3 Call
unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and
mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Through prayer, God gives us divine protection and
strength to carry out the work of His Kingdom. As
believers, we have many enemies both of the natural
world and also the spiritual. If we have been brought to
see our own weakness, through the work of the cross, we
know that we cannot stand against these foes, much less
have any victory against them. Only the Father in
Heaven, the Word of God in our hearts, and the Spirit of
Christ in our lives can shield us from those foes that
would destroy us. As believers we have a mission to be
on the offensive against “the works of the devil,”
and to preach the Gospel in this world that is
controlled by Satan and “the rulers of the darkness
of this world.” Through prayer God works in us and
through us so that “the gates of hell shall not
prevail against,” or withstand the onslaught of His
church. Gates are defensive fortifications that
are meant to protect against invasion, and Satan
certainly has his defensives well established in this
world. As believers we must have the resources of God to
overcome them, and send forth the light of the Gospel
into the dark fortresses of the Evil One.
Rom 7:24 O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death?
Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord
Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit,
that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God
31 That I may be delivered from them that do not
believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have
for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
Thess 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word
of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even
as it is with you:
2 And that we
may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for
all men have not faith.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail
not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy
Eph 6:12 For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places.
John 17:15 I
pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 4:4 Ye are
of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the
devil sinneth from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works
of the devil.
Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art
Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it.
Finally, in our study about the importance of prayer,
and why as believers we should pray, let us make the
are to pray because God has told us to
“pray without ceasing.”
1Thess 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
are to pray because God has so ordained that everything
He does for us and gives to us comes through prayer—“every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights.”
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Jam 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to
have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war,
yet ye have not, because
ye ask not.
● There is nothing too great or too trivial that should
not be prayed about—God has a great concern about every
aspect of our lives. We are to “be careful for
nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God.” Those who spend the greatest time in prayer
have discovered that “the peace of God, which passeth
all understanding,” keeps their “hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus”—because they commit everything
in their lives into the hands of God.
Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through
is through prayer that the world is affected by the
power of God, and the souls of men are brought to see
Christ. If it were not for the restraining forces of God
upon this world, evil, chaos, and anarchy would overrun
all decency and order. Prayer calls upon God to restrain
this evil, and to direct the hearts of those in
authority to rule for the good of His people. Through
prayer, laborers are sent into the great harvest field
of souls. They are empowered, protected, and provided
for by the power of God. Prayer calls upon God to save
the lost, open their hearts to His Word, and bring them
to see Christ.
Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of
thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of
God our Saviour;
4 Who will have
all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of
The 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
only he who now
letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Prov 21:1 The
king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers
of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have
not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom
they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings
of good things!
● Prayer can be as simple as a baby’s cry, but those who
have been taught by the Master the secrets of
God-honoring prayer, will receive the greatest
blessings. They will see God working in miraculous ways,
both in their lives and in the lives of others. They
will witness the power of God at work—knowing from
whence it has come and how it has come. Most
importantly, they will see the souls of lost men and
woman, boys and girls being drawn into the Kingdom of
God; and they will see the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
magnified in the lives of others through their prayers.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying
in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples
said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also
taught his disciples.
Jere 33:3 Call
unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and
mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Matt 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily
I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye
shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree,
but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive.
Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and
sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so
that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and
immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's
bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his
sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his
sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the
prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself
no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came
trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I
do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Thess 2:19 For
what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not
even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his
Thess 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you,
that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and
fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the
work of faith with power:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be
glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the
grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.