"PRAYER"
January 18, 2009

 

   Within the spirit of all mankind, God has instilled into each of us a desire to know God personally. This is one reason why even Godless people instinctively pray when some kind of trouble or trial comes into their lives.

   There are three wonderful truths that are given to us in the Bible for the benefit of our prayer life.

(1) John 14:13; Acts 3:6; Ephesians 5:20 God in His mercy has given us a name above all others as we enter His presence. God will not refuse us when we plead in the name of His beloved Son.

(2) John 14:16; Romans 8:26-27 Although we have been made the “temples of the Holy Ghost” we are still subject to frailty and ignorance. We have help in our greatest times of need when we cannot think of the words to pray to our heavenly Father.

(3) Hebrews 4:16; 7:25 One reason we can come “boldly” to our heavenly Father is that Jesus is continuously making intercessory prayer on our behalf. 

 

HOW WE PRAY

 

   (1) Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1 When asked about prayer, Jesus gave the correct “manner” in which to pray. He also indicated in His direction not to be repetitive Matthew 6:7 while they prayed. God wants us to praise and glorify Him before anything else in our prayer life. We are not to be selfish in our prayers, and also we are to ask Him to help us through our trials and temptations.

   (2) James 1:5-7; Mark 11:24 We must have faith that God will hear and answer our prayers.

   (3) I John 3:22 We are to be obedient to what God has told us to do as His child.

   (4) Jeremiah 29:13 Our attitude must be that of commitment, concern, and undivided attention toward communion with God.

   (5) II Chronicles 7:14 We must be humble and repent of any sin that would hinder our prayers.

 

WHY WE  PRAY

 

   (1) Matthew 26:41 Although we are Christians, we are still fighting the flesh all the time. We must seek God’s help to keep sin from getting victory in our lives.

   (2) Luke 18:1-8 Our problems are very important to our Lord. His time table is generally different than ours, but He wants us to continue to pray to Him often while understanding we must wait a while.

   (3) John 16:24 Our Father wants us to pray to Him so we may receive joy to the fullest by Him.

   (4) Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:3 It is a command and a blessing to pray for each other.

   (5) James 5:13; I Peter 5:7 We should pray when we are sick or afflicted because God really cares about our problems.

 

FAILED PRAYER

 

   (1) Deuteronomy 1:26, 45; Psalms 66:18 Hidden sin and not trusting God causes a deaf ear.

   (2) Proverbs 1:22-29 Continued rebellion and ignoring God’s warnings will cause God to ignore us.

   (3) Proverbs 21:13 We will not be heard by God if we ignore the needs of the poor.

   (4) James  4:3 Our prayers must not be selfish or inconsiderate, but always within His will.