We give thanks to God always for you, making mention of you in prayers.*
TYPES OF PRAYER
THE NEED FOR PRAYER
We need to pray fervently. We need to pray persistently. We must pray frequently — for the lost people we know, for our missionaries, for our civil leaders, for the sick among us, for those who persecute us, for those who are visiting our services, for those with whom we are studying, for those who have fallen away, for our own spiritual development, for our own forgiveness, for our weaknesses, for God’s providence to use us in his cause.
As Jesus teaches us how to pray, He also indicates why we should pray. God, our Creator and Redeemer, is not a reluctant hearer. He is a willing listener, inviting His children to pray and receive His blessings, as we offer up petitions and thanksgivings to our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.