How well do you pray?

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  • 1. Developing Your Spiritual Wellness
  • 2.
    • Prayer is like our hotline to God.
    • Through prayer we can reach God and His help.
      • Consider the persistent widow. Lk. 18:1-8
      • How’s your faith?
  • 3. Types of Prayers
    • Those who never pray.
      • Includes some Christians who’ve lost their heart and faith. Heb. 3:12-13
    • Those who pray sparingly.
      • Many try to gain without proper diligence. Prov. 10:22; Jas. 4:2; Mt. 6:11; 2 Thes. 3:11-12
      • In how many ways are we to acknowledge the Lord? Proverbs 3:5-6
  • 4. Types of Prayers
    • Those who pray self-righteously. Lk 18:9-14 .
      • Those who take pride in their “large” prayers. Matthew 6:5-8
    • Those who pray selfishly. James 4:1, 3
      • Prayer is to made for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1
    • Those who pray earnestly!
      • Be vigilant in thanksgiving, praying for others. Colossians 4:2-3
      • Like Epaphras… Colossians 4:12
  • 5. Importance of Proper Praying
    • Forgiveness of sins. 1 Jn. 1:7-10
      • The erring Christian is told to repent and pray Acts 8:22
    • Peace of mind.
      • Prayer is the cure for anxiety. Phil. 4:6-7
    • Strength to live.
      • Paul prayed that Christians may be strengthened in the inner man.
      • Eph. 3:14-16, 20; cf. 2 Cor. 4:16
  • 6. Importance of Proper Praying
    • For the opportunity to serve. 1 Cor. 3:5
      • Paul’s request… Col. 4:3
    • Boldness to speak. Acts 4:23-31
      • Paul asked for prayer when he needed boldness. Eph. 6:18-20
    • Wisdom to guide.
      • Christians are promised wisdom though prayer without doubting. James 1:5-8
  • 7. Importance of Proper Praying
    • Healing from sickness. James 5:14-15
      • Those who’ve sinned should confess, and we should pray for one another. Jas. 5:16
    • Peace and tranquility.
      • God is in control of the nations. Dan. 4:17; Rom. 13:1-7
      • We should pray to lead quiet and peaceful lives. 1 Tim. 2:1-4
  • 8. Steps To Better Praying
    • Pray systematically. Ps. 55:17; Dan. 6:10
    • Pray spontaneously. Acts 16:25; Neh. 2:4-5; 1 Chron. 5:20
    • Pray secretly. Mt. 6:5-6; Mark 1:35
    • Pray simply. Mt. 6:7-8; Rom. 8:26-27
    • Pray steadfastly. Lk. 11:5-10; Rom. 12:12
    • Pray with posture. Lk. 18:13;Acts 20:36
  • 9. Application:
    • We should recognize that prayer is a great privilege and appreciate it.
    • Prayer ought to be practiced, “ always with all prayer and supplication …” and “ earnestly … being vigilant with it in thanksgiving .” Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2
    How well do you pray? Start your improvements today! Come to Jesus! Hear. Rom. 10:17 Believe the gospel. Mark16:16 Repent. Acts 2:38 Confess Him. Rom. 10:10 Baptism. Acts 22:16