But Scripture has more to say about prayer. Given space limitations, I will only list other texts that speak directly to our responsibility to pray.

Matthew 5:44 – Pray for your enemies and those who persecute you.

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Matthew 9:38 – Pray for the Lord to send laborers into the harvest.

Matthew 24:20 – Pray for perseverance during the Tribulation.

Matthew 26:41 – Pray to be protected from temptation.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing (Rom. 12:12; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2).

Philippians 4:6-7 – Pray in response to anxiety.

1 Thessalonians 5:25 – Pray for your spiritual leaders (see also 2 Thess. 3:1-2; Heb. 13:18; 1 Cor. 1:11).

1 Timothy 2:1ff – Pray for your national leaders.

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – Offer prayers of thanksgiving for marriage and food.

James 5:13 – Pray when you’re suffering.

James 5:14 – Pray for God to heal others when they are suffering.

In all of these endeavors to pray, Jesus encourages us to never give up praying. He spoke parables that were intended specifically to steel our perseverance in prayer (Luke 18:1ff). Elsewhere, we are told to “keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking” (Matt. 7:7; Luke 11:9).

Importantly, Jesus tells us often that we are to pray “in faith.” When we pray in faith we believe that God hears us in Christ (John 14:13); and he loves to answer prayer that is in accordance with his will (Matt. 7:11; Mark 11:24).

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