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> Chapter 6: Why and How Do I Pray? Why Pray? / How Do We Pray? Following the model of Jesus ...

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 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. 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
On Intercession (Mediation) To intercede is to go or come between two parties, to plead before one of them on behalf of the other. In the New Testament it is used as the equivalent of entygchanein (Vulg. interpellare, in Hebrews 7:25). "Mediation" means a standing in the midst between two (contending) parties, for the purpose of bringing them together (cf. mediator, mesites, 1Timothy 2:5). source:http://www.newadvent.org/ cathen/08070a.htm New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia Jesus is the ordained intercessor/ mediator between us and the Father. Our condition does NOT have to be petitioned through priests, angels nor saints (dead or alive) on our behalf.

1Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. So why are we praying for others if we're not THE intercessor?? What good is a Prayer Warrior or Intercessory Prayer or even Petitioning for others??

also refer: An Invitation to Prayer http:// www.invitationtoprayer.org.uk The Good Way: How Do We Pray? http://www.the-good-way.com/eng/ article/a19.htm The Power of Prayer http://www.capitalmemorial.org/ prayermn.htm Apologetics: The Invocation of Saints http://www.lumenverum.com/ apologetics/saints.htm

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
We are encouraged to share with God our deep-seated, heartfelt concern for others; as part of our continuing communion with Him. In Jesus' name we pray for oneanother as an act of selfless love to their plight. Why would we not give our hearts and concerns to God?

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