Respected pastor, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, 74, who is The Redeemed Christian Church of God’s General Overseer, stated in an address to members of his congregation on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, that they should not “marry a wife who cannot pray for one hour, nor a woman who cannot cook”.The sermon by the former Mathematics lecturer generated so much attention, with thousands holding divergent views.
Encomium.ng throws more light on the controversial sermon with 11 passages from the Bible.
Here are the recommendations from the Bible about how you should pray…
(1) Proverbs 15:29
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
(2) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(3) Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
(4) Matthew 6:5-8
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
(5) Matthew 6: 9 -13 Our Lord’s prayer
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
(6) John 16:24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
(7) James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
(8) 1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
(9) Hebrews 5:7
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
(10) Acts 14:23
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
(11) Matthew 26:36-39 (Jesus Prays in Gethsemane)
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
– Joshua Shobiye for Encomium.ng