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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8617 prayer, advice for effective
8617 prayer, advice for effective

8617 prayer, advice for effective

Scripture provides guidance concerning what attitudes and actions are appropriate for effective prayer. It also identifies a number of motives which are likely to lead to prayers being unanswered.

Hindrances to prayer

Sin Isa 59:2 See also Ps 66:18; Jer 14:10-12; La 3:42-44; Mic 3:4

Disobedience Zec 7:13 See also Dt 1:43-45; Pr 1:28-31

Selfishness Jas 4:3

Injustice Isa 1:15-17 See also Pr 21:13; Isa 58:1-7

Lack of faith Jas 1:6-7

Qualities that lead to effective prayer

Humility Lk 18:9-14 See also 2Sa 7:18; 2Ch 7:14; Ps 51:16-17; Isa 57:15; Mt 8:8 pp Lk 7:6

Obedience 1Jn 3:21-22 See also 1Sa 15:22; Jer 7:22-23

Righteousness Pr 15:29 See also 1Ki 3:11-12; Ps 34:15

Single-mindedness Jer 29:13 See also Dt 4:29; 1Ch 28:9

Faith Mt 21:21-22 pp Mk 11:22-24 See also Mt 7:7-11 pp Lk 11:9-13; Mt 8:5-13 pp Lk 7:1-10; Mt 15:21-28 pp Mk 7:24-30; Jn 14:12-14

See also

6020sin
8154righteousness
8276humility
8453obedience
8827selfishness

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