Prayer can be outlawed but it can never be stopped because the Lord made us to pray. It is a human instinct to pray. Sometimes people may get confused as to the One and only True God and so they will pray to a god that they have made, either in their minds or with their hands. However, there is only One God who hears and answers. There is only one group of people that He attends to their prayers.
I Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Don’t get discouraged in your prayers. He hears them and answers them but He is not limited by time. It may just be a matter of time before you see the answer.
Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
We are to ask the Father in Jesus name and He will hear us.
John 16:23 In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.
The Lord wants us to devote ourselves to prayer.
Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Our prayers for the nonChristian should always be for their salvation.
Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
We should pray for our spiritual leaders in our churches and missionaries.
Romans 15:30 Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me,
Pray for other Christians.
Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Pray for yourself. He cares for you.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Always remember to give thanks in your prayers. He has done so much for us.
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
Pray for everyone and especially for your leaders.
I Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
Pray that the Lord will save you from death, not just spiritual death, but death to your soul.
Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
If you are struggling in your Christian life then go to one who can pray for you. The Lord has called us to pray for each other.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Finally, the end is near and you want to be found faithful in prayer. Prayer is talking to the Lord. Just talk to Him from your heart. He would rather you pour out your heart to Him then not pray at all or struggle with saying the right words. He knows your heart and He loves you. He wants to hear from you and He will hear you.
I Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.