- 1. Praying is seeking and asking God - Matthew 7:7-12
- 2. Pray according to the Word of God, asking and
receiving - 1 John 5:14-15
- 3. Pray for the knowledge of the unrevealed will of
God in a specific situation or need - Colossians 3:1
- 4. Seeking and finding - Jeremiah 29:12-13
- 5. Pray for the miraculous intervention of God in
your life. I am not speaking signs and wonders, but to handle situations that are out of
your control - Matthew 17:14-21
- Why Pray?
- 1. Prayer is imperative - Matthew 26:41
- 2. Prayer is the only way to request things from God
- James 4:2
- 3. Prayer is Joy - John 16:24
- 4. Prayer can help deliver you out of trouble - Acts
- 5. Prayer unlocks the treasure chest of God's wisdom
- James 1:5
- 6. Praying is a vehicle for power - Jeremiah 33:3
- 7. Not praying is a sin - 1 Samuel 12:23
- 8. Salvation is through prayer in faith for the
called of God - Romans 10:13
- 9. Pray without ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- 10. Prayer brings hope - Psalm 33:22
- How to Pray
- 1. Christ taught the disciples how to pray (see the
exemplary prayer) - Matthew 6:9-13
- 2. Pray in the name of Christ - John 14:13-14
- 3. The Holy Spirit interprets when we are short on
words and long on problems - Romans 8:26-27
- 4. Pray that God's will is done in everything - James
- 5. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Psalm 122:6 (Not
for the city in Israel but for the body of Christ who is the
- New Jerusalem - Hebrews 10:22;
Revelation 3:12; 21:2
- 6. Pray for daily necessities - Luke 11:3
- 7. Pray for forgiveness and forgive others - Matthew
- 8. Pray in faith - Hebrews 11:6
- Hindrances to Prayer
- 1. Selfishness - James 4:3
- 2. Unbelief - Hebrews 11:6; James 1:6-7
- 3. Sin in the heart - Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:1-2;
- 4. Husbands who do not honor their wives - 1 Peter
- Answers to Prayer
- 1. Does God answer our prayers? - Jeremiah 33:3; John
- 2. Requirements for answers to prayer - Romans
12:1-2; Colossians 3:16-17
- 3. Delayed - John 11:1-44; Daniel 10:12-14
- 4. With peace - Philippians 4:6-7
- 5. With grace - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
- 6. God answers all prayers but not always as we ask -
- 7. Above all we must endure - Hebrews 10:36
- Does God answer our Prayers?
- God promises in Jeremiah 33:3 that if we call upon
Him, He WILL answer our prayers. He didn't say maybe or might but that He will answer our
prayers. We must keep in mind that God may not answer our prayers the way we would like
Him to. Let me give you four methods by which God answers our prayers. These are the four
D's of answered prayer. It is good that you memorize them so you will be ready when the
answers come and you will be able to identify it.
- 1. Direct
- God may choose to answer your prayer in a direct
manner. You might pray for something and God will grant it just the way you asked Him for
it. This type of answer means you were praying in accord with the will of God.
- 2. Disguised
- Let me place before you an analogy which might help
you recognize a disguised answer to prayer. You may be praying for your sick child plus
you lack the funds to take him to the doctor, when all of a sudden Uncle Emery from the
old country (I am Hungarian) shows up for a visit while you are praying. You immediately
view him as another mouth to feed and a cumbersome responsibility at a bad time. Then you
start speaking about the sickness your child has. Then Uncle Emery asks you what kind of
herbs and spices you have in the house. (You are probably thinking to yourself, what is he
going to make a pot of stuffed cabbage?) You just "happen" to have the ones he
needs. He starts combining them in a mixture and makes a poultice out of it. He gives it
to the child, two days go by, three days go by, and nothing happens but on the fourth day
the child improves and is sitting up and getting stronger, a week goes by and the child is
cured. You see, God disguised the answer to your prayer in a visit by Uncle Emery.
Sometimes our first inclination toward an answer to prayer is that "this can't be the
answer to my prayer."
- 3. Delayed
- Many times God will answer a prayer but it will be
according to His timing. We may be praying according to His will but He is engineering
special circumstances which will benefit us when it is time to claim the answer. The
delayed answer teaches us a lesson in patience and trusting God.
- 4. Denied
- This is the answer we never want to hear but many
times at a later date we find out that it was good that God denied my prayer request. When
God denies a request, it is being denied by absolute wisdom, so it is never to our
disadvantage, even though we believe it is.
- So we see that no matter when or how we pray, God
does answer our prayers because direct as well as denied is an answer.
- The Exemplary Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13
- 1. Our Father
- A. A personal relationship with God
- B. "Our" signifies the brotherly
relationship with other true Christians.
- C. No implication of the universal fatherhood of God,
but it states the universal brotherhood of all true believers.
- D. "Father" indicates relationship between
God and His children.
- 2. Which Art In Heaven
- A. God is in Heaven meaning that He is higher than
Man's earth - Psalm 20:6
- B. Faith, the Bible teaches without it, our prayers
are useless - Hebrews 11:6
- 3. Hallowed Be Thy Name
- God is to be reverenced. Hallowed means to make holy.
- A. Worship - David felt this part of prayer was so
important that he had a group of men in the temple to do just that - 1 Chronicles 23:5;
- B. Worshipped by special angels - Revelation 4:8
- C. Worshipping God in the Spirit - John 4:23-24
- 4. Thy Kingdom Come - Expectation
- The kingdom of God is the church and it will not be a
visible kingdom as some are looking for - Luke 17:20-21 The only time the church is
visible is when it is assembled for worship.
- 5. Thy Will Be Done In Earth As It Is In Heaven
- God's will is that he redeem a people for Himself. He
did this by establishing His salvation plan on earth. God's will for salvation was
established in heaven before the foundations of the world. Ephesians 1:4
- 6. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
- Our praying should be as our eating habits - daily.
The daily bread that we are to seek is spiritual nourishment. We must seek the face of God
in prayer every day. We may also ask God for daily physical sustenance but the weightier
meaning of this verse is in the spiritual realm.
- 7. And Forgive Us Our Debts
- Debt is a word used in Bible to signify sin. We pray
that God will forgive our sins and if you are true believer then Christ has paid for your
sins. Each person is a debtor to God because of our sin and when we become saved, that
debt is paid by the Lord Jesus Christ.
- 8. As We Forgive Our Debtors
- Do we put forth our hands and say to others I forgive
you? One of the best narratives in Scripture which deals with unforgiveness is found in
- 9. And Lead Us Not Into Temptation
- The word "temptation" may also be
translated "a proving, testing, or trials." In 1 Corinthians 10:13 we read
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the
temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
- The word "temptation" in 1 Corinthians
10:13 is the word for "trials." What is the great trial which will come upon the
entire world which is common to man? It is Judgment Day which is the great trial of all
people on the earth who are unsaved. If you have become saved, then Christ has stood in
your place at your trial and because of Him you were found not guilty.
- 10. But Deliver Us From Evil
- The Greek allows for this to be translated "keep
us from the evil one." A petition to be delivered out of the hand of Satan. When a
person is unsaved they are in bondage to Satan and sin. This is in essence is a petition
- 11. For Thine Is The Kingdom, And The Power, And
The Glory, For Ever, Amen.
- This is a great doxology to end a prayer on. A good
example would be David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-19.