Prayer—found 371 times in 346 verses in the Old Testament and 174 times in 165 verses in the New Testament
Variations: pray, prayed, prayer, prayers, prayest, prayeth, praying
Last usage in Old Testament:Malachi 1:9 (pray)
First usage in the New Testament: Matthew 5:44 (pray)
Interesting fact: Throughout the years, many well-meaning Christians have identified Matthew chapter 6 as the Lord’s prayer. In reality, that was the disciples’ prayer as the Lord was teaching them how to pray. John chapter 17 records the Lord’s prayer.
Bible study tip: Always assess your motive before, during, and after studying the scripture. Far too frequently, our approach to the scripture resembles that of the Athenians who approached life always desiring “to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21). God may graciously give you some new understanding, but do not formulate a teaching that does not exist merely to have “some new thing” that others have not “seen.”
Sunday, Day 232—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 233—For Whom Should We Pray?
Tuesday, Day 234—When Should We Pray?
Wednesday, Day 235—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 236—Where Should We Pray?
Friday, Day 237—Hindrances to Prayer
Saturday, Day 238—Vain Repetitions
Day 232: Church Day
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.