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Proper Way To Pray

I am told what seem to be 2 opposing ideas about prayer. 1. Pray without ceasing, keep asking, over and over again. 2. Ask ONCE then believe you have it and never ask again, just praise and thank God for it, even though you cannot see that you have received it. Which is correct?

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One thing for sure IT has to be in the Spirit and NOT with reputious words that sting the ears of my Father because they have become just words with NO meaning!
IN the Stillness of your Spirit you will find My Father...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/31/08

Being led of the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit tell you how to pray. It may be different every single time, in unique ways.

I received the Holy Spirit baptism a few months after salvation, born again conversion to Jesus Christ.

After the Holy Spirit baptism, my prayer life was raised, the limits were taken off and my faith grew in boldness to believe for miracles.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

I have obligations that may allow me to blog only on occasion after today, so I'm going to pour my heart out without reservation.

I am not ashamed of the Holy Spirit. A form of godliness prayer life that denies the power of the Holy Spirit needs to be replaced with faith, miracle faith through the Holy Spirit.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

Praying with and through the Holy Spirit, I do not pray repetitious prayers.

His power is bold, miraculous, a force that moves mountains and hearts.

When you pray in the Holy Spirit, we are not only building up our own spirit man, but our body as well. Your body and mind becomes stronger by the power of the Holy Spirit. Fear gets kicked to the curb.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

When someone is praying through their mind, you will find repetition. I'm not judging those type of prayers, but you find their security comes from repeating the prayer without resting in God. You find fret, fear and anxiety.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

When we pray with and through the Holy Spirit, He carries you and He tells you when you've prayed it through.
Holy Spirit tells us when we can rest completely in Him and wait for the evidence of things not seen to show up. It is miraculous.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

Praying in the Holy Spirit builds up my spirit and my physical body. I can rest in the goodness of God.

It is not a work or works, because the more I pray in the Holy Spirit, the stronger I become with a bolder faith to believe for miracles to the Glory of God.

Being led of the Holy Spirit is the most powerful prayer you can ever pray. Heaven enters your prayers, the atmosphere in your home changes, your countenance changes and others can sense the presence of God with you.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

We can pray with and through the Holy Spirit for as long as we choose, by an act of our will. I can even go to sleep by praying with the Holy Spirit, and I can wake up praying with the Spirit of God. I can pray in my shower or car, in the restroom when I need to pray for myself and slap the flu off!

Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and we receive miracle faith from Jesus Christ through the Spirit.
---Michelle on 3/31/08

If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, receive it. He will increase your faith to pray for others. When we pray for others for whatever it is that we need, one day we will wake up to find, we have received a miracle, too.

---Michelle on 3/31/08

Now as for your question.
Luke 18:1-7, "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while
---Bruce5656 on 3/31/08

but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?"

Jesus repeated the same prayer three times in the Garden. of Gethsemane. Matt: 26:36-44
---Bruce5656 on 5/8/07

I don't see any opposition in these two scriptures. One is speaking of a specific/singular prayer, the other(without ceasing) is speaking of an attitude of prayerfulness and relationship with our Lord, to continually be listening (Very important part of prayer) and relating WITH God. It includes prayer requests but is not limited to that
---Christina on 9/12/06

When you pray from your heart you are praying right. Jesus did tell a parable of the persistent widow. She kept bringing the requests to the unjust judge until she got justice. He gave it to her and he didn't even really care about people. God loves us. If your heart hurts every day for something, you should bring the subject before God every day. Be careful, though, and ask Him to change your heart if it is not His will. We don't want some things we get after we understand what they are.
---Amy9384 on 8/21/06

Kathr2253: I agree. There is no one "right" way to pray. God looks at the heart. My best times with the Lord have been praying as you do...just simply talking to the Lord (and listening,too) In the Western world we love formulas and "How to" books. But, I think, God doesn't always work that way. Sometimes I've felt the Lord would have me persevere in prayer, other times I believe I was to just "commit" a certain thing to Him and rest in that.
---Donna2277 on 8/21/06

Praying with ceasing means to be praying all the time. Keeping your mind upon God. God can't work on a person's prayer if after they pray pick up the problem again. If you don't give God the problem how can he fix it? After we pray we need to thank God for taking care of the situation, and speak things as though they are. When God made everything, what did he do first? He spoke it into existance, the same with us. We need to act like the prayer has already been answered.
---Rebecca_D on 8/18/06

emg, please see Luke 18:1-8 (I was going to post it but it was too long).
That newfangled "if I ask God for the same thing more than once it nullifies my faith" stuff isn't biblical. Just one more of man's traditions to add to the very long list.
---augusta on 8/18/06

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emg, join the club friend. think of the human race and all the things they do and say.people don,t agree,don,t trust,after opposing opinions \,which in many cases leads to confrontation.Look AT OUR LORD his ministry,many conflicts,many issues with the spiritual leaders of the time.Basically I get by by just listening and praying that most people will grow and truly understand TRUTH,SPIRITUAL TRUTH.
---tom2 on 8/17/06

I don't think there is a proper or inproper way to prayif you LOVE the Lord. Some want to put you on a progran, have it all outlined, in an order, like the Lords prayer. I have found that I just talk to the Lord all day long. And He talks back to me. I guess for some, you would say I need a shrink, But i would just smile. Sometimes the Lord wakes me up at 4 in the morning just to talk. I love those times. It's just like talking to you.
---kathr4453 on 8/17/06

Maybe I've misled you slightly regarding what I was told. When some say 'pray without ceasing' I have not understood that to mean pray the same prayer over and over, but to regular ask God for a particular need, that you should include the request in your prayers each day. On the other hand some say once you've asked you must have the faith to believe God WILL grant it so there is no need to ever ask again. The contrast between the two ideas/beliefs is what I find confusing.
---emg on 8/17/06

with the fact in mind of who God is,his nature.scripture tells us to come boldly to the throne.problem is we soooooooo often pray for things,and not spiritual truth.OH God the world is such a wreck,change me please.give me more love,and make me more and more like jesus.not HEY gOD i SAW A VETTE THE OTHER DAY, AND i JUST WANT ONE 200 MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY.
---tom2 on 8/17/06

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try both,well actually scripture does say pray without ceasing,but I,am not sure it meant over and over, because it also says not to ramble on as the I believe the is it gentiles do or some race of people do.problem is we most often pray for things outside of Gods will for our lives and the situation we find ourselves in. When in fact we are there for a reason,usually unknown to us.
---tom2 on 8/17/06

Keep on praying and keep on asking. That ask once thing is from the Word of Faith people. They teach that if you ask more than once you don't have enough faith -- that is a lie. Of course they think they have super good faith so they only have to ask once. That is wrong. Keep on asking, seeking, knocking.
---Helen_5378 on 8/17/06

Jesus did a fantastic job of addressing the issue of prayer. He gave specific instructions to enter your secret place Mat 6:6. That boastful prayer is unacceptable Luk 18:11. He taught us to have humble prayers Luk 18:13. And the most important attribute He taught about prayer was in the Mat 6:9 & Luk 11:2. A completely God centered prayer.
---Ryan on 8/17/06

One aspect of prayer that is often overlooked is listening. Prayer is communion/communication WITH God, it is not a monologue, where we run our mouths on and on. Hear Him speak, wait on Him, be still and know that He is God.
---christina on 8/16/06

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Sometimes all we need to do is praise God. Praise changes things. Praise is the samething as the prayer of thanksgiving. In 2Chronicles 20:15-18 they stood still and saw the salvation of God move on their behalf. In this case all we need to do is thank God.
---Rickey on 8/16/06

So when we petition God with His word He hears & does what His word says.(Jeremiah 1:12; 1Peter 3:12; Isaiah 55:11; Isaiah 43:26; Numbers 23:19)
For the salvation of a person, pray for them, then keep thanking God for them being saved. Cornelius prayed and gave alms(sowed seed) and his entire family got saved & filled with the Holy Spirit.(Acts 10:31) We can use the same principle for areas in our own lives.
---Rickey on 8/16/06

The prayer of faith mentioned in Mark 11:24 pertains to asking in faith, believing that you have recieved it, then going on with expectation.(Hebrews 11:1) "Hope" in Hebrews 11:1 means "joyful, confident expectation". So when we pray in faith we should confidently expect God to answer our prayer. In 1John 5:14-15 the word "ask" means to demand, petition, require, & call for. So, GOD'S WILL IS HIS WORD!!!
---Rickey on 8/16/06

Both are correct, but when a person is persistantly asking[demanding] something they should be standing on the word. God watches over His word to perform it.(Jeremiah 1:12) In Genesis 18 Abraham was bold enough to keep asking God, we should do the same. Also in Genesis 32:24-32 Jacob was persistant in prayer. He wouldn't let God go until he got what he wanted. We should be the sameway, persistant.(Hebrews 11:6)
---Rickey on 8/16/06

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Pray without ceasing, simply means of being in the habit of praying. Not Saying the same prayer over and over [not meaning Corporate worship] is as much of a foolish endeavor as praying the rosary a practice which Christ admonished [Matt 6:7]. The object of your private prayer life is to be in a conversational dialog relationship with God. It requires no special time or location, you can do it while waiting for a stop light in you vehicle. It should simply be natural conservation oral or silent.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/16/06

I hope the Christian pilot of an airliner is allowed a little time during take off and landing when he does not have to concetrate all his thoughts on praying.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/16/06

I hope the Christian pilot of an airliner is allowed a little time during take off and landing when he does not have to concetrate all his thoughts on praying.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/16/06

Both are, of course, true. Some prayer is asking. Some prayer is just communion. When I was dating my wife, we didn't talk all the time. But, we both enjoyed the element of just being in the same place. I find something I'm looking for and say "Thank you," to God. That's a simple prayer because we are in communion.
---Ed on 8/16/06

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Prayer is not all about asking asking and asking. So when the Bible says pray without ceasing, it ceratinly doesnt mean keep asking until you turn blue. pray without ceasing, means keep praying, in the spirit, in tongues, intercession etc.
---pkay on 8/16/06

Since they are both Biblical, why can't BOTH be true?
---Jack on 8/16/06


This is one of those questions that has a direct and specific answer in scripture.

First though I would like to point out that to pray without ceasing does not mean to pray for the same thing over and over (with out ceasing.) It means to be living in an attitiude of prayer ie dependence on God. Prayer should be the first reaction to a problem not the last.
---Bruce5656 on 8/16/06

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