And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
~ 1 Kings 13:6
So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
~ 1 Samuel 12:18
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
~ James 5:15-18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
~ 2 Peter 3:18
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
~ James 4:6
The Christian Breathing Earnestly After Growth in Grace, by Philip Doddridge. The following contains a prayer from his work, “The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul”.
Oh, Thou ever blessed Fountain of Natural and Spiritual Life! I thank thee, that I live in Religion. I bless Thee, that Thou hast infused into me Thine own vital Breath, though I was once dead in Trespasses and Sins 15 is so that I am become, in a Sense peculiar to Thine own Children, a living Soul. 16 But it is mine earnest Desire, that I may not only live, but grow; grow in Grace, and in the Knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus ‘ Christ, 17 upon an Acquaintance with whom my Progress in it so evidently depends! In this View I humbly intreat Thee, that Thou wilt form my Mind to right Notions in Religion, that I may not judge of Grace by any wrong Conceptions of it, nor measure my Advances in it by those Things, which are merely ‘the Effects of Nature, and possibly its corrupt Effects! May I be seeking after an Increase of Divine Love to Thee, my God and Father in Christ, of unreserved Resignation to Thy wise and holy Will, and of extensive Benevolence to my Fellow-Creatures! May I grow in Patience and Fortitude of Soul, in Humility (and Zeal, in Spirituality and a Heavenly Disposition of Mind, and in a Concern, that whether
15 Eph. ii. 1.
16 Gen. ii. 7.
17 2 Peter iii. 18.
present or absent I may be accepted of the … Lord,18 that whether I live or die it may befor His Glory! In a word, as thou knowest “I hunger and thirst after Righteousness, make me whatever Thou wouldest delight to see me! Draw in my Soul, by the gentle Influences of Thy gracious Spirit, every Trace and every Feature, which Thine Eye, Oh Heavenly Father, may survey with Pleasure, and which Thou mayest acknowledge as Thine own Image!
‘I am sensible, Oh Lord, I have not as yet attained: Yea, my Soul is utterly confounded to think, how far I am from being already perfect: But this one Thing, after the great Example of Thine Apostle, and the much greater of his Lord, I would endeavour to do; forgetting the things which are behind, I would press forwards to those which are before. 19 Oh that thou wouldest feed my Soul by Thy Word and Spirit! Having been, as I humbly hope and trust, regenerated by it, being born again, not of corruptible Seed, but of incorruptible, even by Thy Word which liveth and abideth for ever, 20 us a new-born Babe I desire the sincere Milk of thy Word, that I may grow thereby. 21 And may my profiting appear unto all Men, 22 till at length “I come unto a perfect Man, unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ; 23 and ‘ after having enjoyed the Pleasures of those that flourish eminently in Thy Courts below, be fixed in the Paradise above! I ask, and
18 2 Cor. i. 9.
19 Phil. iii. 12. 13.
20 1 Peter i. 23.
21 1 Peter ii. 2.
22 1 Tim. iv. 15.
23 Eph. iv. 13.
hope it through Him, of whose Fulness we have all received, even Grace for Grace 24; To Him be Glory, both now and for ever! 25 Amen.’
24 John i. 16
25 2 Peter iii. 18