Prayer and the Bible <ul><li>There are over 650 prayers recorded in the Bible and there are over 450 recorded answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayers ranges from asking , interceding , confessing , thanksgiving , worship , and simply being in the presence of God. </li></ul><ul><li>These are prayers prayed by ordinary people to their extra-ordinary God </li></ul>
The Lord’s Prayer (Mt. 6:9-15) <ul><li>Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. </li></ul>
Prayer of Moses (Exo. 32:9-14) <ul><li>But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God… Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember …'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.‘ Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. </li></ul>
Prayer of David (Ps. 51) <ul><li>Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Create in a pure heart… Restore to me the joy of your salvation… </li></ul>
Prayer of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:2-3) <ul><li>Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, " Remember , O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly . </li></ul>
Prayer of Paul (Eph. 1:15-) <ul><li>I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope… </li></ul>
Prayer of Joshua (Jos. 7:7-9) <ul><li>" Ah , Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side… what can I say , now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? …The other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?" </li></ul>
What do the Great Prayers in the Bible tell us about prayer?
1. Our prayer reflects how we view our God <ul><li>Can I really trust God? </li></ul><ul><li>Does he authentically want the best for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Is God truly important in my life? </li></ul>
2. Our prayer reflects how we view ourselves <ul><li>Who do I want in control over my life? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I really want His will for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I really see myself trusting God? </li></ul>
3. Our prayer reflects the kind of relationship we have with God <ul><li>Per need basis? </li></ul><ul><li>Distant and He doesn’t seem to care. </li></ul><ul><li>ATM machine? </li></ul><ul><li>Intimate and He is all the matter </li></ul>
When couples begin to do things separately and live lives independently from each other then the marriage begins to deteriorate.
When we begin to live our lives independent of God then our relationship with Him begins to deteriorate.
Prayer in the Bible tells us about a God who is committed to do what is best for us simply because He loves us