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The disciples could’ve asked for anything but they asked to be taught how to pray.
Fish with money in its mouth.

Jesus Prays

Luke 5:16 NIV
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Jesus prayed to prepare.
Luke 4:1–2 NLT
Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,* where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
Jesus prayed to decide.
Luke 6:12–13 NIV
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
Jesus Prayed for you.
John 17:6–9 NIV
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
John 17:11–12 NIV
11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
John 17:15 NIV
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
John 17:17 NIV
17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:20 NIV
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Holy Spirit Prays

Romans 8:26–28 NIV
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Helps - help in gaining a thing; assist in supporting, render assistance, intercede (petition)† — to petition someone in authority (like God) in behalf of someone else.
Example in my life.
The Holy Spirit prayers aligns with the perfect will of God.
Holy Spirit plows a way for your future.

You pray

Ephesians 6:18 NIV
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Matthew 26:41 NIV
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Willing - 1.eager† — showing keen interest or intense desire (to do something).
Weak - without strength, feeble, too weak for the task,’7:18.—II. spec. 1) infirm in body, sick, of the mind, depressed or faint-hearted, also, as implying a want of decision or firmness of mind, dubious and vacillating in faith or opinion,. afflicted or distressed, in a moral sense, diseased and wretched,
Colossians 4:12 NIV
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
Who are you wrestling for?
Philippians 4:6 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” - George Muller
George Müller
George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament. He lived nearly the entire nineteenth century, two-thirds of it in Bristol, England. He led four far-reaching, influential ministries, but we know him best today for his orphanages.
During a time in England when most orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, like Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, Mueller took them in, fed them, clothed them, and educated them. Through his orphanage in Bristol, Mueller cared for as many as two thousand orphans at a time—more than ten thousand in his lifetime. Yet he never made the needs of his ministries known to anyone except to God in prayer. Only through his annual reports did people learn after the fact what the needs had been during the previous year and how God had provided.
Mueller had over fifty thousand specific recorded answers to prayers in his journals, thirty thousand of which he said were answered the same day or the same hour that he prayed them. Think of it: that’s five hundred definite answers to prayer each year—more than one per day—every single day for sixty years! God funneled over half a billion dollars (in today’s dollars) through his hands in answer to prayer.
He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime,[1][2] and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000.
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