"The Home of Contagious Praise"
A CHRISTIAN BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH
Our Need of Prayer
By prayer, the heavens were shut up. Scripture says Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops."
God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
Jesus taught, "Matthew 7:20…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Prayer grows our faith 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) tells us,
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The Bible urges us, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).
II. Power Of Prayer - How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. God is sovereign and He can do as He will, He is not obligated to answer prayer or the way you want it answered.
1 John 5:14-15 tells us, "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."
No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer - God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God's will, God responds powerfully!
Matthew 6:7-8 Jesus gives the pattern of prayer. The Lords Prayer
We cannot access powerful prayer by using "magic formulas." Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don't have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."
Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." There is power in prayer!
III. Power Of Prayer - For what kind of things should I pray? God's help through the power of prayer is available for all kinds of requests and issues. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." If you need an example of a prayer, read Matthew 6:9-13. These verses are known as....
the Lord's prayer. The Lord's prayer is not a prayer we are supposed to memorize and simply recite to God. It is only an example of how to pray and the things that should go into a prayer - worship, trust in God, requests, confession, protection, etc. Pray for these kinds of things, but speak to God using your own words.
The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe! Daniel 4:35 proclaims, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"
Hindrances to Prayer : There are times, however, when God would desire to answer our prayers, but is hindered by our own actions and attitudes, since He will only act in consistency with His own holy nature and loving wisdom. Some are listed below:
(1) Sin in the life. Not walking in fellowship (John 4:22-23; Jude 20; Eph. 6:18; Ps. 66:18; Eph. 4:30; 1 John 1:9)
(2) Failure to spend time in the Word of God (Prov. 28:9; John 15:7; Ps. 119)
(3) Failure to pray in faith (Matt. 21:22; 1 John 5:14-15; James 1:5-7; Heb. 11:6)
(4) Failure to ask because of a spirit of self-dependence (James 4:2)
(5) Failure to ask from the right motives, without concern for God’s will (James 4:3, 15; 1 Cor. 4:19; Matt. 6:10; 26:42).
(6) Failure to endure, fainting under pressure (Luke 18:1; cf. 1 Sam. 27:1-3 with Isa. 40:31)
(7) Wrong relations with people, an unforgiving spirit (Mark 11:25-26)
(8) Pretentious praying, praying to impress people (Matt. 6:5-8)
(9) Religious zeal in the form of vain repetitions and cultic ritual (Matt. 6:7; 1 Kings 18:26-29; Rom. 10:2-3)
(10) Domestic breakdown in the home (1 Pet. 3:7)
Prayer should be; 1) brief; 2) humble; ) 3) pointed;4) Scriptural; 5) Offered in faith and gratitude; 6) It should be intense (earnest, heart-rending.
Find a Place to pray of solitude, peace, absence of clamor. Your place of prayer patters :
Jacob found a desert stone to could make an altar
Jonah prayed in the belly of a fish
Peter prayed in a storm-tossed ship
Hagar poured cried out in the heart of the desert
David hid in a cave and cried to the Lord
Hezekiah prayed on his sickbed
The thief prayed hung from across
Don't worry about the place or position just pray, pour out your heart before an all-mighty God! Standing or sitting, lifting hand or face to the ground, prostrate eyes open or eyes closed, call on He that is able to do all things.
When should we pray? All ways, without ceasing.