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Acceptable Prayer
-Its timing and frequency
Laindon Bible Class – 10th July 2013
Acceptable Prayer
• Its timing and frequency
• Its purpose and contents

Prayer

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Two sides of one coin

Timing & frequency

Purpose & contents

Prayer

3
A keynote verse
“Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my
strengt...
Acceptable
OT:7522
ratsown (raw-tsone'); or ratson (rawtsone'); from OT:7521; delight:
KJV - (be) acceptable (-ance, -ed),...
Application of acceptable
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Heart
Body
Thoughts
Prayers
Words
Sacrifice
Service

Acceptable to God

Prayer

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Timing perspectives
• Time of day or week
• Relating to events in our lives
– Trials
– Blessings (including meals…)

• Rel...
Time of day
• Early in the morning (Psalm 5:2-3 & 88:13)
• Daniel prayed three times: probably
morning, midday and evening...
Examples of timing of prayers
• Solomon prayed at the dedication of
the temple (1 Kings 8)
• Jesus prayed when facing his ...
Some faithful examples
• Hannah:
– Prayed for a child (1 Samuel 1:12-18)
– Thanked God for Samuel (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

• Dav...
Frequency of prayer
• Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians
5:17 & Acts 12:5)
• Pray always (Luke 18:1, 21:36 & Ephesians
...
A few thoughts on place
• What is prayer?
• How formal does it have to be?
• Where can it be?
• How can we use it to shape...
Wherever we are…

Prayer

13
Placing God in our thoughts

Prayer

14
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  1. 1. Acceptable Prayer -Its timing and frequency Laindon Bible Class – 10th July 2013
  2. 2. Acceptable Prayer • Its timing and frequency • Its purpose and contents Prayer 2
  3. 3. Two sides of one coin Timing & frequency Purpose & contents Prayer 3
  4. 4. A keynote verse “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 Prayer 4
  5. 5. Acceptable OT:7522 ratsown (raw-tsone'); or ratson (rawtsone'); from OT:7521; delight: KJV - (be) acceptable (-ance, -ed), delight, desire, favour, (good) pleasure, (ownself,, voluntary) will, as ... (what) would. NT:2101 euarestos (yoo-ar'-es-tos); from NT:2095 and NT:701; fully agreeable: KJV - acceptable (-ted), wellpleasing. Prayer 5
  6. 6. Application of acceptable • • • • • • • Heart Body Thoughts Prayers Words Sacrifice Service Acceptable to God Prayer 6
  7. 7. Timing perspectives • Time of day or week • Relating to events in our lives – Trials – Blessings (including meals…) • Relating to the household of faith • Relating to the progress of God’s purpose – Signs of Christ’s coming Prayer 7
  8. 8. Time of day • Early in the morning (Psalm 5:2-3 & 88:13) • Daniel prayed three times: probably morning, midday and evening (Daniel 6:10) • Jesus prayed all night (Luke 6:12) • Peter prayed at the sixth hour (noon) and Cornelius prayed at the ninth hour (3pm) (Acts 10:3, 9 & 30) • Paul prayed night and day (1 Thessalonians 3:10) Prayer 8
  9. 9. Examples of timing of prayers • Solomon prayed at the dedication of the temple (1 Kings 8) • Jesus prayed when facing his trials (Matthew 26:36-46 & James 5:13) • Praying for the sick (James 5:14-15) • Praying for one another (James 5:16) • Watching for signs of Jesus’ coming (Luke 21:31) Prayer 9
  10. 10. Some faithful examples • Hannah: – Prayed for a child (1 Samuel 1:12-18) – Thanked God for Samuel (1 Samuel 2:1-10) • David: – Psalms are full of prayers – Prayed for Bathsheba’s son (2 Samuel 12) • Hezekiah: – Prayed for deliverance (2 Kings 19:15-19) – Prayed for his life (2 Kings 20:2-3) Prayer 10
  11. 11. Frequency of prayer • Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 & Acts 12:5) • Pray always (Luke 18:1, 21:36 & Ephesians 6:18) • Continue in prayer (Acts 1:14 & Colossians 4:2) • Pray in relation to everything (Matthew 7:78, Philippians 4:4-7) Prayer 11
  12. 12. A few thoughts on place • What is prayer? • How formal does it have to be? • Where can it be? • How can we use it to shape our lives? Prayer 12
  13. 13. Wherever we are… Prayer 13
  14. 14. Placing God in our thoughts Prayer 14

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