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Summary: The Bible gives the reasons for us to pray in this marvelous passage on prayer.

“Why Do We Need To Pray?”

Philippians 4:6-7 (quickview) 

A. The PRESCRIPTION for prayer. (v. 6) 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (quickview) ; Colossians 4:2 (quickview) ; 1 Peter 4:7 (quickview) 

1. So as to avoid PREOCCUPATION. (v. 6a) be careful for nothing Daniel 3:16 (quickview) ; Matthew 6:25-34 (quickview) ; 10:19; Luke 10:41 (quickview) 

2. So that we may bring our PLEAS in all things to Him. (v. 6b) but in everything by prayer 1 Samuel 30:6 (quickview) ; 2 Chronicles 33:12-13 (quickview) ; Psalm 55:17 (quickview) ; 62:8; Jeremiah 33:3 (quickview) ; Matthew 7:7-8 (quickview) 

3. So as to bring our PETITIONS to Him with gratitude. (v. 6c) and supplication with thanksgiving Proverbs 3:5-6 (quickview) ; Ephesians 6:18 (quickview) ; Colossians 1:3 (quickview) ; Romans 12:12 (quickview) 

4. So as to PRESENT all our requests to Him. (v. 6d) let your requests be made known unto God 1 Peter 5:7 (quickview) ; Psalm 55:22 (quickview) ; Daniel 6:10 (quickview) ; Ephesians 5:20 (quickview) ; Colossians 3:15 (quickview) , 17

B. The PURPOSE of prayer. (v. 7) Hebrews 4:16 (quickview) ; 10:22-23; 13:6; Isaiah 55:6-7 (quickview) ; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (quickview) 

1. So that the PEACE of God which surpasses our understanding will envelope our lives. (v. 7a) and the peace of God which passeth all understanding Psalm 29:11 (quickview) ; 85:8; Isaiah 26:3 (quickview) , 12; 55:11-12; Jeremiah 33:6 (quickview) ; John 14:27 (quickview) ; 16:33; Romans 5:1-2 (quickview) ; 15:13; Galatians 5:22 (quickview) ; Hebrews 13:20 (quickview) 

2. So that God would PROTECT our hearts and minds through Jesus. (v. 7b) shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus Nehemiah 8:10 (quickview) ; Proverbs 2:11 (quickview) ; 1 Peter 1:4-5 (quickview) ; Ephesians 2:18 (quickview) ; 3:12


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