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Prayer
Basics
• Why Pray?
Eph. 6:13,18; 1 Tim.6:12; Lk.11:1; Mt. 6:9-13

• What is prayer?
– “Prayer is the conversational...
Prayer
Basics
• What does prayer include?
– Giving of Praise – Mt. 6:9
– Giving of Thanks – Eph. 5:20; 1 Thes. 5:17-18
– C...
Prayer
Basics
• What is God’s will concerning prayer?
– God wants our life to be filled with prayer!
-- 1 Thessalonians 5:...
Prayer
Basics
• Whose prayer will God not hear?
– He will not hear those who turn away from His
law… Proverbs 28:9
– He wi...
Prayer
Basics
• Whose prayer will God hear?
– He will hear the prayers of those who worship
Him. John 9:31; Mt. 7:21
– He ...
Prayer
Basics
• How then should we pray?
– We should pray in the spirit of forgiveness.
Mark 11:25
– We should pray in fai...
Prayer
Basics
• Why then do we feel some prayers go
“unanswered”? Many prayers go “Unfinished”!
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Pray for ...
Answer Jesus’
call to save you!
• Only those abiding in God’s will are heard
by God. John 9:31
• Sinners God does not hear...
Seeking the Why of Prayer
Prayer is Understandable
• Elijah was a man of prayer – Jas. 5:16-17
– We can relate to him, had was like we are…

• Many ...
Prayer is Learnable
• Jesus disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to
pray, as John also taught his disciples,” then He
taug...
Why We Pray
• Because Prayer Is An Act of
Dedication! John 15:4-8
• Are you dedicated to God in prayer? Acts 2:42
• Prayer...
Why We Pray
• Because Prayer Is An Act of
Communication! John 15:15-16
– Communication is a wonderful things if that is wh...
Why We Pray
• Because Prayer Is An Act of
Supplication! Philippians 4:6
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We should pray seeking God’s help and grace!
1 ...
Why We Pray
• Because Prayer Is An Act of
Cooperation!
• Team up with God… John 14:11-15
– God’s plan has always been that...
We Should Pray
• Because we know that God delights to answer
• Because it’s of the most important things we
can do as a Ch...
40 days of prayer basics & why
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40 days of prayer basics & why

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40 days of prayer basics & why

  1. 1. Prayer Basics • Why Pray? Eph. 6:13,18; 1 Tim.6:12; Lk.11:1; Mt. 6:9-13 • What is prayer? – “Prayer is the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives... with God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.” – It’s a spiritual communion with God --Acts 2:42 – Prayer is as universal as man --Gen. 4:26; Ps. 65:2
  2. 2. Prayer Basics • What does prayer include? – Giving of Praise – Mt. 6:9 – Giving of Thanks – Eph. 5:20; 1 Thes. 5:17-18 – Confession of Our Sins – 1 Jn. 1:9; Acts 8:22 – Supplication “a petition, to ask, a request to call to one’s aid” – Phil. 4:6-7; Lk. 22:40-44 – Intercession “begging on behalf of others” -- Rom. 15:30-31; Lk. 23:34; Eph. 6:18-19
  3. 3. Prayer Basics • What is God’s will concerning prayer? – God wants our life to be filled with prayer! -- 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 – “Always… and never give up” your life of prayer -- Luke 18:1-7 – “For all men… everywhere” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8
  4. 4. Prayer Basics • Whose prayer will God not hear? – He will not hear those who turn away from His law… Proverbs 28:9 – He will not hear those who have wickedness in their hearts… Psalm 66:18 – He will not hear the prayer of the proud… Job 35:12; 1 Peter 5:5 – He will not hear sinners… John 9:31
  5. 5. Prayer Basics • Whose prayer will God hear? – He will hear the prayers of those who worship Him. John 9:31; Mt. 7:21 – He will hear the prayer of the humble. Ps. 9:12 – He will hear the prayer of the righteous.1 Pet. 3:12 – He will hear the prayers of those who keep His commandments. 1 John 3:22
  6. 6. Prayer Basics • How then should we pray? – We should pray in the spirit of forgiveness. Mark 11:25 – We should pray in faith. James 1:6 – We must pray in harmony with God’s will. 1 Jn.5:14 – We must pray in the “name of” Christ. Col. 3:17 – We must pray in the spirit of sincerity. Mt. 6:5
  7. 7. Prayer Basics • Why then do we feel some prayers go “unanswered”? Many prayers go “Unfinished”! – – – – – – – – Pray for health - obey laws of health. 1 Cor. 3:17 Pray for sick – must help them get well. Jas. 5:14 Pray for the bereaved – must comfort them.1Thes.5:14 Pray for wisdom – then must study. Jas. 1:5 Pray for Spir. Growth – must take Spir. Food. 1 Pet.2:2 Pray for salvation of sinners – seek & study. Ac. 20:20 Pray for unity of the church – work for it. Eph. 4:3 Pray for church growth – be a faithful member. Heb. 10:25-26
  8. 8. Answer Jesus’ call to save you! • Only those abiding in God’s will are heard by God. John 9:31 • Sinners God does not hear. • We must obey someone to stop sinning! Who? Hebrews 5:9 • The Gospel plan of salvation says to… • • • • Believe the gospel – Romans 10:9;1 Cor. 15:3-4 Repent - Acts 2:38 Confess – Acts 8:37 Be Baptized – Acts 22:16
  9. 9. Seeking the Why of Prayer
  10. 10. Prayer is Understandable • Elijah was a man of prayer – Jas. 5:16-17 – We can relate to him, had was like we are… • Many have misconceptions about prayer. – Superstitious, magic, to be selfish, to hurt others, to tell God what to do, etc. • Prayer is not just a religious duty. Mt. 6:7 • Prayer is Vital! Luke 18:1 • Prayer was key to Jesus’ life! Mark 6:46
  11. 11. Prayer is Learnable • Jesus disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,” then He taught them… Luke 11:1-4 • In John chapters 14 -17 Jesus says some things over and over to teach us what is really important concerning our prayer life. • Jesus teaches us four things that reveal to us why we pray.
  12. 12. Why We Pray • Because Prayer Is An Act of Dedication! John 15:4-8 • Are you dedicated to God in prayer? Acts 2:42 • Prayer is a type of Spiritual life support system. • We are abiding in Him because His words are truly abiding in us when we pray as He instructs us to. • When we are faithful in this we have life in “the vine” - Jesus. – “Continue steadfastly in prayer” Col. 4:2
  13. 13. Why We Pray • Because Prayer Is An Act of Communication! John 15:15-16 – Communication is a wonderful things if that is what you are really doing. Luke 18:9-ff – We cannot truly communicate with someone unless we know what our relationship is with them. 1 Peter 3:12; John 9:31; Psalm 32:6 • Sometimes we don’t pray because we don’t understand what a great privilege it is to pray to God. Psalm 144:3
  14. 14. Why We Pray • Because Prayer Is An Act of Supplication! Philippians 4:6 • We should pray seeking God’s help and grace! 1 Peter 5:6-7; Hebrews 4:16 • God knows our needs etc. but requires we A.S.K. anyway! Matt.7:7-12; Jn.16:22-24 • Why don’t we have? Why do we lack? James 4:2; Psalm 145:19; 37:4; 84:11
  15. 15. Why We Pray • Because Prayer Is An Act of Cooperation! • Team up with God… John 14:11-15 – God’s plan has always been that we cooperate with His plan to bring about His will in this world. 1 John 5:14 – Matthew 6:10 “…Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – Do you do God’s will on earth?
  16. 16. We Should Pray • Because we know that God delights to answer • Because it’s of the most important things we can do as a Christian… Ephesians 6:18 • This church should pray because a praying church is a holy, devoted, committed, sensitive, enthusiastic, happy church! • Are we a church of prayer? Commit to it! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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