Concerning Prayer and Praying

Think about it…

– A simple question: What is prayer?

– A simple answer: Prayer is “the language of faith.” – See: Matthew 7:7-8.

– Hopefully this post will encourage faithfulness in prayer! – See: Romans 12:12.

(1) SOME PATTERNS FOR PRAYER…

A. Model Prayer- Matthew 6:9-15.

B. Lord teach us to pray- Luke 11:1ff.

C. A caution- Matthew 6:5-8.

D. Also note- Ephesians 6:18; and Jude 20-21.

E. Another Pattern (an acrostic)-

A doration: Psalm 112; 117; Matthew 6:9; and 11:25ff.
C onfession: Matthew 6:12; Luke 18:13; and 1 John 1:5-10.
T hanksgiving: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; and Romans 1:8-10.
S upplication: Intercessory- 1 Timothy 2:1-4; and Personal- Philippians 4:6-7.

(2) THE PERSON OF PRAYER IS ONE WHO APPROACHES GOD WITH…
A. RESPECT- Psalm 145:17-20; and Psalm 115:12-13.

B. FAITH- James 5:6; and 5:15.

C. HUMILITY- James 4:6 (Proverbs 3:34); and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

D. WHOLEHEARTEDNESS- Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 21:21; and James 1:5-7.

E. SELFLESSNESS- Luke 18:9-14 and James 4:3.

F. A FORGIVING SPIRIT- Matthew 6:14-15; and Ephesians 4:32.

G. CONFIDENCE- Hebrews 2:18; 4:16-17; and 10:19, 35.

H. PERSISTENCE- Luke 18:1-7; and 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

I. SINCERITY and SIMPLICITY- Matthew 6:5-8 and Mark 12:38-40.

J. GOD'S WILL IN MIND- Matthew 26:42 and 1 John 5:14.

K. WILLINGNESS TO ACT in obedience to God’s will- 1 John 3:22.

 

 

(3) THE POWER OF PRAYER – GOD HEARS AND ANSWERS…

A. Sometimes with a “no.” 2 Samuel 12:15-20.

b. Sometimes with a different / better answer than sought- 1 Kings 19:1-9; and 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.

C. Sometimes after a delay- Luke 18:1-7.

D. Sometimes immediately- Numbers 14:30; 1 Kings 17:20-21; and Acts 12:5-11.

E. Sometimes more abundantly- 1 Kings 18:24, 36-38; and 1 Kings 3:10ff.

Doubt and do without – Believe and receive!

The power of prayer is in praying!

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3 Responses to Concerning Prayer and Praying

  1. Jeff Slater says:

    This is great stuff on prayer! Thanks!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this post, Bill. It has encouraged me to get on the ball with my prayer life. Too much is at stake in my life and in the lives of those I love not to bring my petitions, as well as adoration, before the Throne of Heaven. I just got a very distressing email about a young person that I love very much. I was at once convicted of my lack of prayer in her situation. I hope to not let that happen again.

    Thanks again. You have been such an encouragement to me. I appreciate your love for God and His people.

    His,
    Jennifer

  3. Jennifer says:

    Bill…SOS!

    I am in need of serious prayer about a certain situation/decision in my life. I have decided to take the next 3 days and devote myself to prayer, prayer, and more prayer.

    Thank you for posting on the importance of prayer.

    I don’t mean to sound so mysterious…just don’t want to blast the blog world with this…but feel free to email me.

    His,
    Jennifer

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