SKILLED IN PRAYER
„“Therefore I tell you,
whatever you ask for in
prayer, believe that you
have received it, and it will
be yours.”‟
Mark 11...
MEANING & MYSTERY
OF PRAYER
THE PRIVILEGE
OF PRAYER
UNDERSTANDING
DIFFERENT TYPES
OF PRAYER
LOW
Emergency
Conversation
Adoration MED
Daily
Requests
HIGH
Intercessory
Critical &
Warfare
BECOMING SKILLED
IN PRAYER
what to pray,
how to pray &
when to pray
Skillful prayer is knowing …
the will of God
the answer not the problem
What to pray…
Key of Jesus’ Name
Faith
Passion
Persistence
Simplicity
Mercy & forgiveness
How to pray … with
Keep praying passionate &
skillful prayers
Skilled in prayer | Francois van Niekerk | 9 March 2014
Skilled in prayer | Francois van Niekerk | 9 March 2014
Skilled in prayer | Francois van Niekerk | 9 March 2014
Skilled in prayer | Francois van Niekerk | 9 March 2014
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Skilful prayer is knowing what, how and when to pray, and then by faith driving your prayers deep into a situation beyond your doubts and fears. This sermon explains each of these elements.

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  • Sermon: Skilled in prayerTheme: Godly-skilled people – know how Date: 9 March 2014 – morning servicePreacher:Pastor Francois van NiekerkText: Mark 11:24 (TNIV)‘“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”’ IntroductionThroughout the Bible we read about ordinary people who were used by God to impact and change the world and with His help made extraordinary things happen. The one common denominator amongst them was that they all prayed. These people knew how to use prayer as a powerful tool to connect to God and to release His power in everyday life. They were skilled in prayer and so should we be if we desire to connect with God and see His power released to bring godly change and hope
  • ‘“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”’Mark 11:24 (TNIV)
  • Main pointsThe meaning and mystery of prayer Prayer simply means to have a conversation with God. It is two-way communication with Him.Although simple in its definition it remains a mystery. No one really knows how it works, but the mystery of it should not discourage us to use it.
  • Think about the many helpful tools, appliances and technology we use to greatly improve our lives, yet we do not understand the complexities of their operation. For example cellphones, microwaves, the internet, etc.Although people do not always know the technical details of how these appliances work, it does not deter them from using them. It is true however that if you know more about how they operate, you get more out of them. The same applies to prayer. You do not have to understand all the mysteries of prayer in order to pray, but the more you become skilled in prayer the more you will get out of it.Endeavour to know how to pray and become more skilled in it.
  • 2.The privilege of prayer Prayer is an invitation from God and this is a great honour! James 4:2b (NIV) states, ‘You do not have because you do not ask God’ – therefore ask. There is a clear invitation from God to ask. Anyone can pray, but not all people know how to pray powerful prayers. Position is vital in terms of prayer.
  • Personal faith in Jesus Christ positions us in a powerful spiritual place for prayer. It is like having an invitation to a reserved seat at a special banquet (Ephesians 2:6).From this position of grace we have the liberty and privilege to engage with God on a whole different level. From this place we can also lodge our appeals in prayer to Him. This is described in the following scripture: ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) Liberty in coming to the throne of grace is the starting place for powerful prayer. I believe this gives courage to deal with the fear of imperfect prayer. Don’t let a false demand for perfection drive you away from the place of first-class tuition – the throne room of God and the lecture hall of the Holy Spirit. You can boldly come to God in prayer. Pray boldly from your position in heavenly places!
  • 3. Understand different types of prayer Different types of prayer call for different skill levels. Let’s consider the following types of prayer:
  • Let’s consider the following types of prayer: Emergency prayers – low skill required. (Peter after walking on the water, ‘Lord save me!’)Conversational prayer – low skill required. Expressing our feelings and emotions to God. He understands how we experience things and wants to share in our daily lives. Adoration and thanksgiving – low to medium skill. Daily prayers and requests – medium skill. (Bread and milk prayers – The Lord’s Prayer.)Intercessory prayer – high skill. (Abraham praying for Sodom and Gomorra and Paul praying for the Ephesian and Colossian Churches.)Critical and warfare prayer – high skill. (Moses interceding for Israel, Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church in persecution in Acts.)
  • 4. Becoming skilled in prayer
  • Knowing what, how and when to pray reminds me of sitting down for a formal dinner with a wide range of cutlery.
  • Each piece of cutlery serves a different purpose. The challenge is to know what to use, how to use it and when to use it.
  • Skilful prayer is knowing what, how and when to pray, and then by faith driving your prayers deep into a situation beyond your doubts and fears.
  • The following are principles that will help you develop skill in prayer: What?What to pray is about knowing the will of God. God commits to answering prayers that are in harmony with His will. We find God’s will in His Word and by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. The challenge is not to pray what we see or feel but to pray the will of God.  ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.’ 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) Praying the answer and not the problem is a great prayer skill that takes practise. To know the will of God and pray powerful prayers we need to have our minds renewed by the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).The what of prayer includes praying with discernment. This requires the ability to hear God's voice and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.What to pray comes before how to pray.
  • How?Using the key of the Jesus’ Name – all request to the Father should be prayed in the Name of Jesus.With faith in God and His ability (Mark 11:24; Hebrews 11:1).With passion from the heart (James 5:16). Surface skimming, formalistic and perfunctory prayers (action carried out without real interest or feeling) will not do. Pray deep and big prayers. For big trouble you need to pray deep prayers – not in words, but from the depth of your heart and from a deep trust in God and His unlimited ability. Pray big prayers. The bigger your problem is, the bigger your prayer should be. It is the one place where we are not limited to the realities around us. The liberty in prayer knows no bounds! ‘“According to your faith let it be done to you.”’ Matthew 9:29b (NIV) With persistence (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and patience (James 5:7-8).The ‘more’ in prayer refers to faith and continuity not quantity. Long prayers are not necessarily powerful prayers. It is important to keep praying with faith and expectation – to persist. Jesus told His disciples to ask and to keep asking, not in unbelief as if He did not hear the first time, but in persistence of faith. From the teaching of Jesus, it is clear that He treats persistence as faith. Skilled prayer also requires patience – being willing to wait for God to do things in His perfect timing.With simplicity Jesus taught His disciples to keep prayer short and simple.This stands in contrast to the complicated, long prayers of the Pharisees. With mercy and forgiveness (Mark 11:22-25). If we want to become skilled in prayer we need to live in forgiveness and afford others mercy. When?All the time.As the Holy Spirit reminds and calls us to prayer.At special times – before big decisions and important events in our lives. The following scripture ties it all together: ‘The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.’ James 5:16b-18 (NKJV)
  • Application I trust that your love and confidence in prayer will grow and strengthen.Pray from your heart with boldness and passion. Pray in line with His will and keep on doing it.Keep praying passionate, skilful prayers and you will see God’s power at work!
  • Skilled in prayer | Francois van Niekerk | 9 March 2014

    1. 1. SKILLED IN PRAYER
    2. 2. „“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”‟ Mark 11:24 (TNIV)
    3. 3. MEANING & MYSTERY OF PRAYER
    4. 4. THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER
    5. 5. UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER
    6. 6. LOW Emergency Conversation Adoration MED Daily Requests HIGH Intercessory Critical & Warfare
    7. 7. BECOMING SKILLED IN PRAYER
    8. 8. what to pray, how to pray & when to pray Skillful prayer is knowing …
    9. 9. the will of God the answer not the problem What to pray…
    10. 10. Key of Jesus’ Name Faith Passion Persistence Simplicity Mercy & forgiveness How to pray … with
    11. 11. Keep praying passionate & skillful prayers

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