God's Words of Comfort

 

A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:


Prayer – Petition – Pleas – Supplication


      [British Reformed Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote on the subject of prayer in the late 1800s and had this to say: "It is interesting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scarcely open the Bible before we read, 'Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord'; and just as we are about to close the volume, the 'Amen' of an earnest supplication meets our ear… If God has said so much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it."
      You may feel that your prayers are going unheard and unanswered, but God always answers our prayers. Sometimes they just may not be the way you want them to be answered. I believe God answers prayer in three ways; 'Yes,' 'No,' and 'Wait.' We’re all familiar with the first one. We love having our prayers answered in the affirmative, getting what we’ve asked for. We’re also very familiar with His second response. We feel we know ourselves better than our all-knowing Father, the One who created us, the One who knows us best. God sees the big picture, but we can’t see from His perspective, we can only look out on life through a tiny window in front of us. When God says 'No,' He may be preventing us from making a big mistake, thus protecting us from ourselves. Thirdly, God may say, 'Wait,' because God’s timetable is rarely the same as our own. God is always at work behind the scenes and it may take some time for the right person to cross your path with a career or business opportunity, or the right spouse for you to meet. And as you wait for God to answer your prayer, remember that He will never be late when He does answer, it will always be right on time, just when you need that answer.
      No matter what your situation is regarding your prayers to God, keep praying. Be specific with Him, bring everything to Him, large or small. Keep talking to God, even if you’re angry over the loss of a relationship, a loved one, or a job, whatever. Letting out your hurt and anger will help your healing process. Always pray in fellowship with the Lord, abiding in Him, not trying to take advantage of Him. Pray expecting answers to your prayers, listen for His responses, but don’t dictate to Him how they should be answered, trust God to provide the personal help He wants to provide. Ask for yourselves but don’t always make your prayers too 'me-centered.' Pray for others as well, thank Him for His blessings and ask for things or situations that will bring glory to Jesus Christ. God wants a faith-filled, loving relationship with each of us, and as Spurgeon also said, "So deep are our necessities, that until we are in Heaven, we must not cease to pray."]

    
The children of Israel said to the LORD, We have sinned: do to us whatever seems good to You; only deliver us, we pray You, this day. Judges 10:15 (HNV)
 
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 1 Samuel 1:27 (NKJV)
 
In my trouble my voice went up to the Lord, and my cry to my God: my voice came to His hearing in His holy Temple, and my prayer came to His ears. 2 Samuel 22:7 (BBE)
 
Have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his plea, O Lord my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that Your servant prays before you this day… listen in Heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive. 1 Kings 8:28, 30 (ESV)
 
Fall Colors Trees"I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5 (NKJV)
 
[The following verse is the Prayer of Jabez, a prayer for blessing and increase:]
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)
 
Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth. 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 (KJV)
 
"If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now My eyes shall be open, and My ears attentive, to the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and made this house holy, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually." 2 Chronicles 7:14-16 (WEB)
 
"God always answers, one way or another, even when people don't recognize His presence. In a dream, for instance, a vision at night, when men and women are deep in sleep, fast asleep in their beds--God opens their ears and impresses them with warnings To turn them back from something bad they're planning, from some reckless choice, And keep them from an early grave, from the river of no return.
     "Or, God might get their attention through pain, by throwing them on a bed of suffering, So they can't stand the sight of food, have no appetite for their favorite treats. They lose weight, wasting away to nothing, reduced to a bag of bones. They hang on the cliff-edge of death, knowing the next breath may be their last.
     "But even then an angel could come, a champion - there are thousands of them! - to take up your cause, A messenger who would mercifully intervene, canceling the death sentence with the words: 'I've come up with the ransom!' Before you know it, you're healed, the very picture of health!
     "Or, you may fall on your knees and pray - to God's delight! You'll see God's smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. You'll sing God's praises to everyone you meet, testifying, 'I messed up my life - and let me tell you, it wasn't worth it. But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I'm alive again! Once more I see the light!'
     "This is the way God works. Over and over again He pulls our souls back from certain destruction so we'll see the light - and live in the light!" Job 33:14-30 (The Message)

 
The prayer of those in need come to His ears. Job 34:28 (BBE)
 
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears. Psalms 18:6 (KJV)
 
PassionFlower VineBe not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Psalms 22:11 (KJV)
 
May the Lord be praised, because He has given ear to the voice of my prayer. Psalms 28:6 (BBE)
 
Hear, LORD, and have mercy on me. LORD, be my helper. You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness. Psalms 30:10-11 (HNV)
 
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears… The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry… The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their trouble. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:4, 15, 17-19 (NKJV)
 
O Lord, do not be silent! O Lord, do not be far from me! Psalms 35:22 (NRSV)
 
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalms 37:4-6 (ESV)
 
Don't be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along His pathway and in due season He will honor you with every blessing, and you will see the wicked destroyed. Psalms 37:34 (TLB)

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God… Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me-- A prayer to the God of my life. Psalms 42:1-2, 7-8 (NKJV)
 
"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me." Psalms 50:15 (KJV)
 
As for me, I will call on God. The LORD will save me. Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress. He will hear my voice. Psalms 55:16-17 (HNV)

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:1-2 (KJV)
 
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Psalms 62:5-8 (KJV)
 
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me! Psalms 66:16-20 (ESV)
 
Answer me, LORD, for your loving kindness is good. According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, turn to me. Don't hide Your face from your servant, For I am in distress. Answer me speedily!  Psalms 69:16-17 (HNV)


Yosemite Reflections of DomesO God, be not far from me; O my God, come quickly to my help. Psalms 71:12 (BBE)
 
He will deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper. Psalms 72:12 (NKJV)
 
In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee: for Thou wilt answer me. Psalms 86:7 (KJV)
 
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." Psalms 91:14-16 (NKJV)
 
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto Thee… He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. Psalms 102:1, 17 (KJV)
 
Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble, He saves them out of their distresses. Psalms 107:19 (HNV)
 
Help me, LORD, my God. Save me according to Your loving kindness. Psalms 109:26 (HNV)
 
I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because He inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. Psalms 116:1-2 (ESV)
 
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. Psalms 138:3 (NKJV)
 
You open Your hand, And satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways, And gracious in all His works. The LORD is near to all those who call on Him, To all who call on Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him. He also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserves all those who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. Psalms 145:16-20 (HNV)
 
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17 (KJV)
 
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8 (KJV)


YPC CornucopaeaWhoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. Proverbs 21:13 (KJV)
 
God has no use for the prayers of the people who won't listen to Him. Proverbs 28:9 (The Message)
 
Don't be rash with your mouth, and don't let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in Heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (WEB)
 
"When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
     "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land." Isaiah 1:15-19 (NKJV)

 
O Lord, have mercy on us; for we have been waiting for Your help: be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2 (BBE)
 
Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV)
 
Your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
 
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for You are my praise… Don't be a terror to me: You are my refuge in the day of evil. Jeremiah 17:14, 17 (HNV)
 
"I am conscious of My thoughts about you," says the Lord, "thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope at the end. And you will go on crying to Me and making prayer to Me, and I will give ear to you. And you will be searching for Me and I will be there, when you have gone after Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13 (BBE)
 
"Let your cry come to Me, and I will give you an answer, and let you see great things and secret things of which you had no knowledge." Jeremiah 33:3 (BBE)
 
I was making prayer to Your name, O Lord, out of the lowest prison. My voice came to You; let not Your ear be shut to my breathing, to my cry. You came near in the day when I made my prayer to You: You said, "Have no fear." Lamentations 3:55-57 (BBE)
 
O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations… for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Daniel 9:18-19 (NKJV)
 
It will happen that whoever will call on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Joel 2:32 (HNV)
 
"Because they did not listen when I spoke, I did not answer when they prayed." Zechariah 7:13 (GNT)
 
"They shall call on My name, and I will hear them." Zechariah 13:9 (KJV)
 
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.
     "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
Matthew 6:5-13 (KJV)
 
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For it is always he who asks that receives, he who seeks that finds, and he who knocks that has the door opened to him… If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:7-8, 11 (WNT)


The Mitten Monument Valley"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:19-20 (KJV)
 
Early in the morning as He was on His way to return to the city He was hungry, and seeing a fig-tree on the road-side He went up to it, but found nothing on it but leaves.
     "On you," He said, "no fruit shall ever again grow." And immediately the fig-tree withered away.
     When the disciples saw it they exclaimed in astonishment, "How instantaneously the fig-tree has withered away!"
      "I solemnly tell you," said Jesus, "that if you have an unwavering faith, you shall not only perform such a miracle as this of the fig-tree, but that even if you say to this mountain, 'Be thou lifted up and hurled into the sea,' it shall be done; and everything, whatever it be, that you ask for in your prayers, if you have faith, you shall obtain." Matthew 21:18-22 (WNT)
 
"That is why I tell you, as to whatever you pray and make request for, if you believe that you have received it, it shall be yours. But whenever you stand praying, if you have a grievance against any one, forgive it, so that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your offenses." Mark 11:24-25 (WNT)
 
[In the Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge, Jesus teaches us to pray persistently, to pray without ceasing no matter what the obstacle. The widow was becoming obnoxious to the judge because of her hounding, and he granted her justice just to get her off his back. If an unjust judge can give justice because of persistence, how much more will a just and gracious God give justice to those He loves? The prayers of righteous people are powerful and effective.]
He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
     He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.'
     "For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'"

     And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?" Luke 18:1-8 (ESV)
 
[Through the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus teaches us we should pray in a spirit of humility and contrition, and not trust in our own good works and self-righteousness, to receive God’s forgiveness. If we just try to live good lives and “earn” our way into God’s presence, we are telling Him that what Jesus did for us by dying on a cross wasn’t enough. Jesus died to redeem us, which gave us righteousness which, in turn, gave us full access to God. Therefore, if we humble ourselves before God and trust in His mercy and loving kindness through His Son Jesus Christ, and pray like one who needs forgiveness, we will obtain it. Then, out of gratitude, we should allow God to use us according to His will, which brings Him glory.]
To some who relied on themselves as being righteous men, and looked down upon all others, He addressed this parable.
     "Two men went up to the Temple to pray," He said; "one being a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing erect, prayed as follows by himself: 'O God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people--I am not a thief nor a cheat nor an adulterer, nor do I even resemble this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I pay the tithe on all my gains.'
     CA Lighthouse"But the tax collector, standing far back, would not so much as lift his eyes to Heaven, but kept beating his breast and saying, 'O God, be reconciled to me, sinner that I am.' I tell you that this man went home more thoroughly absolved from guilt than the other; for every one who uplifts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be uplifted."
Luke 18:9-14 (WNT)
 
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21:36 (NKJV)
 
"But some will come to Me—those the Father has given Me—and I will never, never reject them." John 6:37 (TLB)
 
"Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it." John 14:13-14 (KJV)
 
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." John 15:7 (NKJV)
 
"In most solemn truth I tell you that whatever you ask the Father for in My name He will give you… ask, and you shall receive, that your hearts may be filled with gladness." John 16:23-24 (WNT)
 
It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21 (KJV)
 
Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit Himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in people's hearts. And He knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for His people in the way God wants. Romans 8:26-27 (GNT)
 
Jew and Gentile are on precisely the same footing; for the same Lord is Lord over all, and is infinitely kind to all who call upon Him for deliverance. Romans 10:12 (WNT)
 

Purple Lupines CARejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 (HCSB)
 
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. Colossians 4:2 (GNT)
 
Inasmuch, then, as we have in Jesus, the Son of God, a great High Priest who has passed into Heaven itself, let us hold firmly to our profession of faith. For we have not a High Priest who is unable to feel for us in our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in every respect just as we are tempted, and yet did not sin. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (WNT)
 
If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get His help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. James 1:5-8 (The Message)
 
Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you. You want things, but you do not have them… So you argue and fight. You do not get what you want, because you do not ask God. Or when you ask, you do not receive because the reason you ask is wrong. You want things so you can use them for your own pleasures. James 4:1-3 (NCV™)
 
And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to Him. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you. James 4:8-10 (TLB)
 
Is one of you suffering? Let him pray. Is any one in good spirits? Let him sing a psalm. Is any one ill? Let him send for the Elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, after anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will restore the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up to health; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be cured. The heartfelt supplication of a righteous man exerts a mighty influence. James 5:13-16 (WNT)
 
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 (ESV)
 
The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12 (KJV)
 
If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NRSV)
 
Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever we request because we obey Him and do the things that please Him. And this is His commandment: We must believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 1 John 3:21-23 (NLT)
 
Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit's help. Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. Jude 20-21 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
 
 
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