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Your Father in heaven is a loving Father who wants to hear your prayers. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us" (1 Jn. 5:14). There are few limitations on your prayers. One limitation is that you ask according to His will. Asking for your own pleasures is not according to His will. "Yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (Jas. 4:2b-3).

There are all kinds of prayer that you can make. The apostle Paul taught Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-4,

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

There are four types of prayer listed in 1 Timothy 2:1. The first is supplication. This is a humble request, perhaps for mercy or assistance in time of need. It could include confession of your sins and request for forgiveness from God. Remember the story that Jesus told about the two men that went up to the temple to pray in Luke 18:9-14. The tax collector said, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" Such a prayer of confession, repentance, and request for mercy when you have sinned would be a prayer of supplication.

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Ed Anderson
Sierra Vista, AZ


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