180. What does God want to hear in our prayers?

Confession, petition and intercession, thanksgiving, praise and adoration should be the content of our prayers.

  • I will confess my transgressions to the LORD. (Psalm 32:5)
  • Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. (Psalm 50:15)
  • Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18-19)
  • Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  • It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night. (Psalm 92:1-2)
  • Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (Psalm 103:1)
  • Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Worship is the highest level of prayer. To worship means to bow down until the earth. The prayer is overwhelmed by the holiness and glory of God and by His love. Overcome by this love, he prostrates himself before the Most High in total love. Scenes of heavenly adoration: Isaiah 6, Revelation 5 and 7.