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Prayer as a relationship with God

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Prayer is based on God’s love for believers. Through his grace, he gives them things which they do not deserve, while through his mercy he shields them from those things which they do deserve.

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God’s children can turn to their Father in prayer

Under the old covenant

Isaiah 64:8–9 HCSB
Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands. Lord, do not be terribly angry or remember our iniquity forever. Please look—all of us are Your people!
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Under the new covenant

Matthew 6:9–13 HCSB
“Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
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Jesus Christ’s prayer life with his Father

Mark 14:36 HCSB
And He said, “Abba, Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
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It is possible to approach God in prayer because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice

Hebrews 10:19–22 HCSB
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh ), and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
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Prayer reflects a longing after God

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