WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT PRAYER

SOME FACTS ABOUT PRAYER

Lk. 11:1-13

I Jn. 5:14-15

The ability that the Christian has to communicate with his Lord is one of his greatest blessings.

Prayer is “man talking to God,” and it is as essential to the Christian life as air is to the lungs.

- To FAIL in prayer is to forfeit many blessings.

- To NEGLECT prayer is to deprive one’s self of power.

- To STOP SHORT in prayer is to fail to secure strength for Christian living.

- Failure to pray is sin (I Sam. 12:23).

SOME FACTS ABOUT PRAYER:

I. THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER

A. Prayer embraces worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession.

B. The purpose of prayer is basically threefold:

1. To express thanks (Ps. 92:1).

2. To enjoy fellowship (I Jn. 1:3).

3. To enlist Divine assistance and blessing (Phil. 4:6-7).

II. PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

A. A person must be a child of God (Jn. 9:31).

- The Lord is not obligated to answer the prayer of an unbeliever.

1. He will not hear the prayer of an evil, disobedient rebel (Prov. 28:9; Isa. 1:15).

2. The Lord promises to hear and answer the prayer of the righteous (Prov. 15:29; Jn. 14:13-14).

3. We must first confess and forsake our sin before the Lord will allow us to prosper (Prov. 28:13; Prov. 1:24-28).

B. There are several things necessary for the child of God, in preparation for prayer.

1. He must confess his sin (Ps. 66:18).

2. The child of God must humble his heart (Ps. 10:17).

3. The child of God must be willing to forgive others (Mk. 11:25-26).

III. THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER

A. Prayer should be a daily habit in the life of every Christian.

B. Some men in the Bible who practiced prayer.

1. DAVID was consistent in prayer.

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”(Ps. 55:17).

2. DANIEL also prayed at least three times a day (Dan. 6:10).

3. JESUS is our True Example in prayer.

a. He prayed while resting (Mt. 14:22-23).

b. Sometimes Jesus prayed all night (Lk. 6:12).

c. Jesus prayed early in the morning (Mk. 1:35).

d. Jesus prayed before the Transfiguration (Lk. 9:28-29).

e. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt. 26:39-46).

- As Man He prayed to God—as God men pray to Him.

IV. PERSEVERENCE IN PRAYER

- To persevere means to “continue with patience.”

A. Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray…(Lk. 18:1)

B. Paul said, we are to continue in prayer (Eph. 6:18; I Thess. 5:17).

V. WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO PRAY BECAUSE:

A. The Lord has promised to hear and answer our petitions (Jer. 33:3; Isa. 65:24).

B. Prayer will build our confidence in the Lord (I Jn. 3:21-22).

- James tells us that “Ye have not because ye ask not…(Jas. 4:2-3).

CONCLUSION

- Prayer changes things.

- We can plug into God’s source of power through prayer.

- God always answers our prayer.

Sometimes He says yes; sometimes no; and sometimes wait awhile.

- Do you have enough faith in God to pray?