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Name several particular benefits of each type of prayer:
- Public
- Family
- Private
- Sudden

  • Stated - Established; set; scheduled; announced
  • Ceasing - Stopping; quitting

    Type Scriptural Example:

    1. Public Prayer

    And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands:

    And said, 0 LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto Thy servants, that walk before Thee with all their hearts.

    - II Chronicles 6:12,14

    2. Family Prayer

    There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band.

    A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

    - Acts 10:1-2

    3. Private Prayer

    And he said, 0 LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray Thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

    - Genesis 24:12

    4. Sudden Prayer

    And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

    But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

    - Matthew 14:29b-30

    The Bible also speaks of stated times for prayer. While we are to pray "without ceasing," to continually walk in a spirit of prayer, yet stated times for prayer each day and for special circumstances or gatherings are also necessary.

    Various scriptural examples of stated times for prayer are listed in the chart on the corresponding page.


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