Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid hands on them (from Matthew 19:13-15).
If you want to be like Jesus, pray for children.
If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19).
This is why it’s good to pray with others.
Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because of the way they prayed. He quoted Isaiah who said,“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me (Matthew 15:8-9).”
When you pray, remember, your heart matters more than your words.
Jesus made prayer to God a part of conversation with people. Here’s how:
First He prayed, ” I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” Then He talked to the people, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father (Matthew 11:25-27).”
Include prayer in your conversations. The Lord is always there.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end (Lamentations 3:22).
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save (Zephaniah 3:17).
The Lord hears our prayers because He is merciful. He answers our prayers because He is mighty.
Think deeply and continuously about God.
Converse deeply and continuously with God.
We have thought on your steadfast love, O God . . . as your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth (Psalm 48:9-10).
Jesus was greatly distressed and troubled because He knew the cross was coming. In this sorrow, He prayed. “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will (from Mark 14:33-36).”
As we remember Jesus’ death—and resurrection!—remember to pray with faith and surrender.
Prayers like that lead to victory.