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Why do prayerless people miss a rich means of expressing care and concern for others and themselves?

Need Scriptural Example:

1. The honor and exaltation of God: His Name, cause, and kingdom

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

- Matthew 6:9-10

2. Our personal spiritual needs

Have mercy upon me, 0 God, according to Thy lovingkind-
ness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

- Psalm 51:1-2

3. Our personal physical needs

Give us this day our daily bread.

- Matthew 6:11

4. Our family members

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

- Job 1:5

5. Those in authority over us

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

- I Timothy 2:1-2

6. God's church, servants, and mission endeavors

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

- Ephesians 6:18-19

7. The needy, suffering, lonely, and all people - even our enemies

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

- Matthew 5:44


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