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1. What is Prayer?
Philippians 4:4-7, Hebrews 1:1-3, Romans 1:18-23, Romans 8:14-16, Romans 8:26-28

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Philippians 4:4–7 (Listen)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness1 be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Footnotes

[1] 4:5 Or gentleness

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Hebrews 1:1–3 (Listen)

The Supremacy of God’s Son

1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

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Romans 1:18–23 (Listen)

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,1 in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Footnotes

[1] 1:20 Or clearly perceived from the creation of the world

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Romans 8:14–16 (Listen)

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons1 of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Footnotes

[1] 8:14 See discussion on “sons” in the Preface

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Romans 8:26–28 (Listen)

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because1 the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,2 for those who are called according to his purpose.

Footnotes

[1] 8:27 Or that
[2] 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good

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