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¶620.1 PRAYER

¶620.1        Prayer

Prayer is an indispensable means of growth toward Christ-likeness.  In prayer the Christian talks and listens, confesses and adores, asks and thanks.  Prayer should be as conversation, avoiding artificial phrases and tones.  Sincere prayer changes the supplicant and often the circumstances (James 5:13-16). The Bible teaches that both individual and group prayer are effective for those who are in Christ.  Prayer takes us beyond ourselves and emphasizes our dependence on God.  Prayer should be regular, without becoming a mere ritual (Matthew 6: 5-8).