What is prayer? What should we ask in prayer? Why to pray? How to pray? What are the conditions for receiving answers to pray? Attitude while praying? What are some possible answers to prayer ?
Prayer is two-way communication with God. It is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, praise and thanksgiving are given, and supplication (asking humbly) is made. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and being dependent on God. Prayer is an essential practice of the Christian. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord. Prayer changes the one praying because in prayer, you are in the presence of God as you lay before Him your complete self in confession and dependence.
Do you know God wants you to come confidently into his presence (Hebrews 4 :16) and to talk to him about everything (Philippians 4:6).He loves us so much that he intensely interested in us and in our needs.Now, you may be having doubts that when I have asked he didn’t answer….. You may be thinking that………… Is he really interested in me?If yes then , why is my prayer still unanswered? Let’s Look at what God has promised us…..
“Until now you have not askedfor anything in my name”.“Ask and you will receive, andyour joy will be complete.”
ConditionIn whose name should you pray? In the name of Jesus. Promise What he promised? Ask and you will receive. Results What results from such prayer? Your joy will be complete.
Spiritual GiftsPray For… Sinners Sinners unbelievers salvation believers Good gifts - others first, then us
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. Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When you pray, you will receive, thedoor will opened to you..•Mathew 7:7,8He will let us know wonderful &marvelous things that we knownothing•Jeremiah 33:3
He will give us immeasurablymore than all we ask or imagine.• Jeremiah 33:3By means of his power working inus is able to do much more thanall we ask for or even think of.• Ephesians 3 :20
Prayer James 4:2 says "we have not because”.An obvious prerequisite to answered prayer is ... to pray!Pray According To His Will -I John5:14,15 Our prayers will be answered if wepray according to His will. And will isGods word, the Bible.
Ask in Jesus’ nameObedience , faithNo wrong motives
Yes - God may graciously and promptly answer our prayers in the very way we request. Wait - God may delay His answer to impress on us our need of Him - The times of delay and the apparent silences of God bring us to our knees in reflective and total trust in God. No - Sometimes God denies our requests The Christian must be willing to accept "no" as an answer to our prayers. Frequently Christians will complain that God is not answering their prayer when in fact He has answered but they are unwilling to accept a loving, holy, no!
P – Presence and power of the KingR – Realizes that you are specialA – Abandoned prideY – Your connection with GodE – Exercise of faith and hopeR – Receive God’s peace.
What are hindrances to answered prayer? How do we prevent them? Why do people often feel that God is not answering their prayer? How can they overcome these doubts? What are some typical mistakes people make in their manner of prayer?