The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

 Examples

  • Abram plead      with LORD for Sodom      (~Gen 18:22~)
  • Elijah      - about rain (or not -- 3.5 years!) - VS Ahab (~Jas 5:17-18~)
  • Jesus says      required to cast out mute demon (~Mark 9:29~)
  • (and what He didn't pray for: 12      legions of angels- ~Matt 26:53~)
  • church      for captive Peter > "his angel" "astonished" (~Acts 12:5,11,12-16~)

 What IS Prayer?

  
                
    
        
  • A          solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.
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  • A          religious service at which people gather in order to pray together.
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  • Greek Proseuke: worship, petition, votive towards God        (~Isa 56:7~ / ~Lk 19:46~)
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 God's Promise to Hear & Answer

  • "And      whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." (Matt 21:22 ESV)
  • "Do not      be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication      with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Php 4:6 ESV) Read ~Phil 4:7~!
  • "And this      is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according      to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever      we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." (1Jn      5:14-15 ESV)

 Teach us to Pray (Luke11)

  • Elements      of good prayer: praise, petition, pardon, prospect (~Luke 11:2-4~)
  • Persistence      (~ Luke 11:5-8~) "and not give up" (~Lk 18:1-8~) Will He find faith?
  • Regularity      (~Rom 12:12~ "faithful" / ~Eph 6:18~ "keep on" / ~Co l4:2~ "devote" / ~1 Thess 5:17~      "continually" - NIV)

 HOW to prayer

  • Spirit      and understanding (~1 Cor 14:14,15~) "spirit & mind" (NIV)
  • Faith,      believing, confidence (~Eph 3:12~ / ~Jas 1:5-8~)
  • Humbly      and honestly (~Jas 4:6-10~)

 Pray for...

  • Laborers      for the harvest (~Mt 9:38~) And who goes      - in answer this prayer?
  • Overcome      temptation (~Mt 26:41~) What stops? the      temptation or us entering?
  • Enemies      who abuse us (~Lk 6:28~) Just what do      we pray God will do with them?!
  • Forgiveness      when stumble (~Acts 8:22~) What attitude      accompanies? Who prayers?
  • God's      salvation (~Acts 10:1,2,31~) Was      Cornelius a Christian when God heard him?
  • Knowledge,      love, and faith of brothers (~Col 1:9~ff) How      do we please the Lord?
  • Affliction      and sickness (~Jas5:13,14~) What is man's part? & who heals the      sick?

 

 notes by David Teel Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  


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