Prayer and the Believer

Here are some notes and references from our Wednesday night bible study:

The purpose of prayer

 

Prayer brings glory to God 

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

 

Prayer aligns our will with God’s will 

saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

 

Prayer brings peace 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We pray to confess sin 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

 

We pray to cast our burdens upon God 

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

 

Prayer is powerful 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. nd he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18)

 

Prayer is not an option 

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. (Matthew 14:23)

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16)

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12)

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

How to pray 


Pray to the Father; through Christ; in the power of the Spirit 

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (Matthew 6:9)

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (Romans 1:8)

And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:17-18)
Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede 

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

 

Prayer needs to be intimate communion with God 

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6)
Do not use meaningless repetition 

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Do not be hasty; let your words be few. (Matthew 6:7-8)

Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Author: dRo

I am an unapologetic and fully committed disciple of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.

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