During the Q&A times at the conference, we answered common questions about prayer plus we took specific questions from the audience. Here are some of the questions on prayer:
1) If God is sovereign, why pray?
2) What is the main reason for prayer? Do we pray for God's sake or for ours?
3) Should we pray even when we doubt God is listening?
4) What does Romans 8:26-27 mean when it says that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that cannot be uttered?
5) Do you believe in anointing the sick with oil?
6) How do I know when to stop praying for something?
7) How should I pray for a loved one who is away from the Lord?
8) Does God hear the prayers of non-Christians?
9) Some people say that it is wrong and a lack of faith to repeatedly pray for the same things over and over again. What do you say?
10) Is God more likely to answer our prayers if many people pray for the same thing? If the answer is no, what is the real value of having many people praying for the same requests?
11) Why does God not answer my prayers?
12) How can we know if we have enough faith when we pray?
13) When we pray for the sick, should we always pray for physical healing?
14) Some people say that adding "if it be your will" is a cop out and a sign that we lack faith in God. What do you say?
15) How does unconfessed sin impact my prayer life? What about an unforgiving spirit?
Here are some of the questions asked by the conference attenders:
1) Will God save those he willed to have a hardened heart?
2) I have been so richly blessed throughout my life. Came from godly Christian parents, have enjoyed great health, have a wonderful wife, great children, a good home, for all of which I continually give thanks to God. Why haven't I experienced afflictions of any serious nature thus far?
3) Is it okay to look for the silver lining in every life circumstance--it it theologically sound? PS I think I've found the silver lining in every cloud of my life.
4) How do you deal with the sin of anger when it is so real an emotion?
5) What part does the faith of the person being prayed for play in the prayer for healing versus the faith of the person doing the praying?
6) Could you share the most important principle in keeping your marriage strong and fulfilled?
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About Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 37 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and two grandsons--Knox and Eli. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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